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Helping Refugee Claimants and New Canadians with Interpretation Services

Helping Refugee Claimants and New Canadians with Interpretation Services
Being a refugee or an immigrant to an unfamiliar country is difficult enough without the language barrier. Most basic services in Canada are only offered in the official languages of English and French, and therefore, cause barriers for new Canadians who do not yet speak one of these languages. Situations such as going to getting a license, registering children in school, or asking for legal advice can become extremely difficult, if not impossible, when there is a language barrier. Some new Canadians may avoid these necessary services simply because they do not speak the language. This is where CISOC and this campaign come in. Using the donations we receive, CISOC will help pay for the interpretation services required of individuals when the service is not covered. By easing or lifting the payment, we can help new Canadians feel more comfortable and offer them a better understanding of the immediate circumstances. Your donations will go towards helping our community members receive these necessary services in the language which is familiar to them.

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CISOC is a non-profit, charitable organization that provides interpretation and translation services in over 60 languages. Established in 1993, CISOC came into being as the result of a collaborative effort amongst a number of committees and agencies, whose goal was to ensure equitable access to health, legal, social, educational, and other community services to non-English and non-French-speaking clients.

CISOC is a social enterprise; it derives its revenues from services sold to the community at large.

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