Manitoba – Interpreter Services

The following organizations provide access to interpreters and culture brokers in Manitoba: Winnipeg Regional Health Authority (Winnipeg) The Winnipeg Regional Health Authority uses Language Access interpreter Services. Language Access currently employs trained health interpreters providing face-to-face interpreter services in 34 languages. These services are provided free of charge. The health interpreters also provide other language services. Services include face-to-face interpreting, conference call interpreting, message relay, reminder call, and over-the-phone interpreterpreter services. For more information contact:

  • Tel: (204) 788-8585
  • Fax: (204) 926-7007

This is only for authorized healthcare providers from the following locations: (1) Children’s Hospital (Children’s Clinic, Day Surgery, CH/K3, CH4, CK5, Pediatric Day Unit (2) Women’s Hospital (3) Klinic Community Health Centre (4) Nine Circles Community Health Centre

For Aboriginal, Inuit and/or American Sign Language Interpreters, please call (204) 788-8585
 
Immigrant Women’s Counseling Services (Winnipeg) This program has over 50 active female interpreters trained in legal and medical terminology and issues related to the court system who provide appropriate interpretation for female clients and their families dealing with health, legal and immigration issues. Interpreters receive additional training related to domestic violence issues. As much notice as possible is requested as interpreters work on an unpaid volunteer basis.

  • Tel: (204) 940-2172
  • Fax: (204) 940-1971
  • Email: iwcs@mts.net
Immigrant Centre Language Bank (Winnipeg) Over 300 paid volunteers offer interpretation services in approximately 80 Languages. The centre provides two training courses for volunteers interested in interpreting.

Sexuality Education Resource Centre (Winnipeg) Free Health interpretation services (for medical appointments and counseling) in the area of reproductive, maternal/child health, pre and postnatal and sexual health. Two full time staff speak Cantonese and Spanish and trained volunteers who speak over 20 languages can be available to provide confidential interpretation upon advanced request (at least one week notice preferred).

  • Tel: (204) 982-7811 during office hours 9:00am-430pm
  • Fax: (204) 982-7819
  • Email: info@serc.mb.ca

Manitoba Interfaith Immigration Council Inc. Welcome Place (Winnipeg) MIIC provides interpretation services free of charge to all newcomers living in Winnipeg who entered Canada as refugees or refugee claimants as long as they are currently registered as clients of MIIC. MIIC provides translation free of charge only to refugee claimants as part of the refugee claim process. The request for translation must come from the Manager of Inland Protection at MIIC. Clients willing to pay a fee or who have been in Canada over three years are referred to fee for service translation services. MIIC does provide fee for service interpreter/translation services to agencies (but not individual clients) at a moderate rate with a minimum of two hours required (Examples include: school without contracts, social assistance appointments initial intake,medical/health appointments).

Aboriginal Health Services (Winnipeg) Advocacy Services supports the interests, needs and rights of Aboriginal patients in hospital. The advocate receives and resolves health and human service complaints affecting patients, addresses Aboriginal patient concerns, provides advice regarding resources or services and works with community programs to improve patient care. Advocacy Services works with patients and families within the hospital system and at a regional level to ensure holistic healing plans. In addition, Aboriginal Health Programs partners with the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs to address advocacy needs of First Nations clients. The AMC patient advocate works collaboratively with WRHA programs and services as part of the Aboriginal Health Programs team to address the health issues and concerns of First Nations clients seeking health services in the Winnipeg health region. The interpreters have special training in medical terminology and function as members of the health care team. They facilitate communication between health providers and patients by providing interpretation in Swampy Cree, Ojibway and Oji-Cree/Island Lake dialect.

  • Tel: (204) 940-8880
  • Toll Free: 1-877-940-8880