Core Values

Respect – Professional – Caring

The SLIAO Story

Access the World and Communicate

SLIAO, Sign Language Interpreting Associates Ottawa Inc., is Canadian owned and operated and was incorporated in June 1997 by a group of ASL Interpreters who determined that working in partnership and pooling our resources and expertise, would improve the quality and availability of interpreting service in the Ottawa area. SLIAO continues to be operated by interpreters, many of whom are CODA’s (Children of Deaf Adults). SLIAO is owned equally by 5 Shareholders each of whom is a Director of the Corporation’s five-person Board of Directors.

All of our interpreters are active members of AVLIC (Association of Visual Language Interpreters of Canada) and uphold the highest standard of professional integrity, competence and ethics.

SLIAO Directors


As a community of sign language interpreters, our philosophy is to enhance and strengthen opportunities for both the Deaf community and the sign language interpreter community.


To find out more about Sign Language Interpreting, visit the Association of Visual Language Interpreters of Canada.


All of the ASL-English interpreters who work with us are Active (working) Members of the Association of Visual Language Interpreters of Canada (AVLIC).

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