ATIO creates new professional categories to include Community and Medical Interpreters

OTTAWA, April 23, 2014 /CNW/ - Following two years of community consultation, the Association of Translators and Interpreters of Ontario (ATIO) voted to amend its by-laws to include Community and Medical Interpreters at its Annual General Meeting held on Friday, April 11, 2014, in Toronto.

With the adoption of these by-law changes, ATIO has fully integrated Community and Medical interpreters as professions afforded protection of title under the Association of Translators and Interpreters of Ontario Act, 1989. This is a significant development in the evolution of these two emerging language professions, both for the professionals themselves and for those who use and purchase their services. By becoming ATIO certified, Community and Medical interpreters will have demonstrated that they meet the highest standard of professionalism, which will enable consumers to make an informed decision when choosing a language professional, as they do now when looking for a Certified Translator, Court Interpreter, Conference Interpreter and Terminologist, the other language professions represented by ATIO.

The next step is for The Canadian Translators, Terminologists and Interpreters Council (CTTIC) to prepare and administer the required national examinations, thus ensuring that all Certified Community and Medical interpreters across Canada meet the same standards of high quality.

"This is a significant milestone, but there is still work to be done. We look forward to cooperating with industry stakeholders and other associations to achieve this objective," said Lisa Carter, Certified Translator and President of ATIO. "We enthusiastically welcome these professions as part of our association and believe that this is yet another way to fulfill our mandate as a professional association."

ATIO is the oldest organization of language professionals in Canada. It is also the first association of its kind in the world whose certified members are deemed professionals by law, with the Province of Ontario granting a reserved title for certified members of ATIO through the Association of Translators and Interpreters of Ontario Act, 1989.

SOURCE Association of Translators and Interpreters of Ontario (ATIO)

For further information:

Catherine Schweizer, Executive Director (cbertholet-schweizer@atio.on.ca)
Lisa Carter, C.Tran., President (lisa@intralingo.com)
ATIO Secretariat
1 Nicholas Street, Suite 1202
OTTAWA, ON K1N 7B7
1.800.234.5030 (Toll Free)
613.241.2846 (T)
613.241.4098 (F)