American Sign Language (ASL) interpreter services
This page can help you find out more about ASL interpretation services delivered by the B.C. government. Visit our Supports and Services page for information on other services. You can also contact Provincial Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services.
BC government supports and services
Post-Secondary Communication Access Services (PCAS) at BCIT
Post-Secondary Communication Access Services (PCAS) is a province-wide service for Deaf and Hard of Hearing students. PCAS provides information on how to access:
- Speech-to-text services
- Assistive technology
- Other services and supports
WorkBC Employment Services Centres
You can get an interpreter at all WorkBC Employment Services Centres. You may also be able to get up to $5,000 for assistive supports, including interpretive services. You can use these services to take part in:
- Approved Employment Program of BC services
- Job search
- Job start
- Job retention during the first four weeks of employment
Income and disability assistance offices
You can get an ASL interpreter at income and disability assistance offices. Interpreters are available via telephone and, on a case-by-case basis, in person. Interpreters may be available on 24-hour notice. Find out more about applying for income assistance.
Employment and Assistance Appeal Tribunal
Interpreters can attend Employment and Assistance Appeal Tribunal hearings. If you need an interpreter, you can ask for one:
- On your Notice of Appeal form (PDF, 58KB)
- By phone
- By email
Mental Health – Deaf, Hard of Hearing & Deaf-Blind Well Being Program
Contact the Deaf, Hard of Hearing & Deaf-Blind Well Being Program (WBP) if you need an interpreter with experience in mental health. They provide:
- Group and individual therapy
- Mental health and addictions appointments
- Mental Health Community Workshops
The Vancouver Coastal Health Authority manages the WBP.
Medical Interpreting Services (MIS)
Medical Interpreting Services (MIS) is a Provincial Sign Language Interpreter booking service. You can get a qualified Sign Language Interpreter to attend most medical appointments.
The Provincial Health Services Authority provides funding for MIS.
Residential Tenancy dispute resolution hearings
The Residential Tenancy Branch (RTB) offers dispute resolution for landlords and tenants. RTB provides accredited American Sign Language (ASL) interpreters for Deaf and Hard of Hearing clients.
If you have to attend court, you can get an interpreter for:
- Provincial and Supreme Court criminal adult and youth cases
- Family cases in provincial court
- Traffic court cases
- Municipal bylaw cases
- Any court, upon court order
RCMP and the Vancouver Police Department
The Western Institute for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (WIDHH) works with the RCMP and the Vancouver Police Department. They provide interpreters for police and legal situations.
Contact the police officer involved in your file to request an interpreter. Interpreters are available for both scheduled appointments and emergency situations.
Contact the WIDHH Community Interpreting Services to learn more:
- Voice: 604-731-9413
- TTY: 778-327-4375
- FaceTime: firstname.lastname@example.org
BC Deaf Sports Federation
Children who take part in community sport and recreation can get interpreting services. The Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture provides this service. Find out if your child meets the criteria and how to apply.