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Become a French sign language interpreter in Ontario

Are you interested in working in Ontario as a French sign language (Langues des Signes Québécoise) interpreter?

The Ontario government will:

  • pay for your LSQ tuition, textbooks, accommodations and travel costs, and
  • guarantee you a job for two years when you graduate.

Ontario residents, who are accepted into Université du Québec à Montréal’s Visual Interpretation Program, may be eligible for financial assistance to pay for tuition, textbooks, travel and accommodation for the duration of the program.

In return, you’ll spend two years upon graduation interpreting for Franco Ontarians who are Deaf, deafened or hard of hearing.

It’s a rewarding career with a promising future.

About the program

Ontario currently has a shortage of French sign language interpreters for Francophones who are Deaf, deafened and hard of hearing. We want to increase the number of trained LSQ interpreters by making training more accessible and affordable.

The Université du Québec à Montréal’s (UQAM) Visual Interpretation program is a two-year, part-time certificate program. Most participants are mature students who work while they attend classes in Montreal on weekends.

How to get started

1. Apply to the Université du Québec à Montréal’s Visual Interpretation program.

How to apply:

a. Visit the UQAM website where you will find application materials.

b. Follow UQAM’s regular application process.

2. Submit a Notice of Application Form to the Ministry of Community and Social Services.

3. Once you are accepted to the program, confirm to the Ministry of Community and Social Services that you will be attending the program by completing a Return of Service Agreement which will be sent to you acknowledging that you:

  • are an Ontario resident over age 21, and
  • agree to return to Ontario for two years as an LSQ community interpreter once you complete the program.

4. Upon successfully completing your first semester of the program, submit a Statement of Expenses for Grant Recipients Claim Form (along with all required documentation) to the Ministry of Community and Social Services.

All forms must be signed and mailed to:

The Ontario-Québec LSQ Program
Community and Developmental Services Branch
Ministry of Community and Social Services
Hepburn Block, 4th Floor
80 Grosvenor Street
Toronto, ON M7A 1E9

Once the Ministry has reviewed your Claim Form and confirmed your successful completion of the previous semester, your financial assistance will be provided to you.

Learn more

Visit the website of the Université du Québec à Montréal to learn more about the Visual Interpretation Program and how to apply.

See our Frequently Asked Questions for more information.

Read the Program and Funding Guidelines.

Need more information? Contact:

The Ontario-Québec LSQ Program
Community and Developmental Services Branch
Ministry of Community and Social Services

Hepburn Block, 4th Floor
80 Grosvenor Street
Toronto, ON M7A 1E9
Telephone: 416-327-4971
Fax: 416-325-5554
Email: lsq@ontario.ca