January 9, 2013

Ontario Helping to Improve LSQ Training Opportunities


Ontario is helping residents who are interested in becoming a qualified Langue des Signes Québécoise (LSQ) interpreter for Francophone Ontarians who are Deaf, deafened and hard of hearing.

In fall 2013, the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM) will offer up to five placements for Ontario students to attend their Visual Interpretation Program. Ontario will provide tuition and expenses support to provincial residents aged 21 and older who have a basic foundation in LSQ and are accepted to the program. In return, upon graduation students will spend two years as a paid LSQ interpreter in Ontario. 

Helping Ontario become more accessible is an important part of the province's plan to create opportunities for Ontarians and build independence for people of all abilities.


“The Visual Interpretation Program at UQAM is vital in helping us increase the number of qualified LSQ interpreters in Ontario, and ensuring that Franco-Ontarians who are Deaf, deafened or hard of hearing can participate more fully in their communities.”
— John Milloy, Minister of Community and Social Services

Quick Facts

  • Ontario residents interested in applying to UQAM’s Visual Interpretation program should begin by contacting the Ministry of Community and Social Services at lsq@ontario.ca.
  • A full course schedule for the Visual Interpretation Program is available on the UQAM website 
  • Classes for the two-year certificate program are offered part-time on evenings and weekends.  Classes typically begin on Friday evening and run throughout Saturday, ending on Sunday afternoon.

Learn More

Read more details about Ontario’s program to help you become an LSQ interpreter.