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Thread poster: cendrine marrouat
cendrine marrouat
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Jan 4, 2004

Hello all!
I was wondering if there are some translators who are from France and who established themselves as Freelande translators in Canada.
I am a French citizen currently living in Canada. I would like to stay here, and I was wondering if I needed to be part of a association of translators in order to do that.
Thanks a lot in advance.
Happy new year!


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Johanna Timm, PhD  Identity Verified
Canada
Local time: 10:22
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CTIC Jan 4, 2004

Hello Cendrine,
While I'm not from France but from Germany, I would recomend you become a member of one of the provincial translators' organizations(ATIO in Ontario, STIBC in British Columbia). The umbrella orgsnization CTlC represents the interests of its members at the national level in matters such as copyright for translators and relations between the federal Translation Bureau and other government departments.

On a provincial level, these societies or organizations offer annual certification exams. If you can prove that you have at least 5 years experience as a professional translator, you can apply for "Certification on Dossier". The titles of certified translator, certified conference interpreter, certified court interpreter and certified terminologist are now protected by law in New Brunswick, Ontario, Quebec and British Columbia where ATIO, CTINB, OTTIAQ and STIBC have gained legal professional recognition by their provincial governments; this means that certified translators can apply their seal to legal documents and are able to work for law firms (and charge the appropriate fees!)To find out more visit the CTIC website:
http://www.synapse.net/ctic/index.html.
Good luck and welcome in Canada!


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cendrine marrouat
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Thank you Johanna!
The problem is that I started translating professionally a year ago, and I can just show my bachelor in translation and the translations I have done for companies.
I would like to know if some accreditation exists, such as a test to be written in order to be recognised as a professional translator.
What do I need to do if I want to be established as an independent translator in Canada?
Thanks again for your prompt reply.


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Johanna Timm, PhD  Identity Verified
Canada
Local time: 10:22
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depends on the province.... Jan 4, 2004

I just know the guidelines of BC's Society of Translators and Interpreters:
Submit your documents (BA, transcripts, résumé and a cheque in the amount of $150.00 (plus GST $10.50) = $160.50. Once your documents have been accepted, there is a pro-rated membership fee of $10 per month, payable up to and including December 31.
You would then pay the membership fee each year after that in order to stay as a member in good standing.

To become a certified member, you need to to write the admission exam, which is held twice a year (April and September). If you pass this exam, then you would be known as an Associate Member. The admission exam fee is $160.50 (includes GST). Depending on when you get your marks back, there is a membership pro- rated fee of $10 per month if you get a mark of 70% or higher. In order to become a certified member(and acquire the coveted seal)you must
a) have a degree in translation from a recognized University in Canada and you need 1 year's experience translating full time.
b)If you do not have such a degree, you need 3 years' experience translating full time before you can even sit for the certification exam.

Mind you, these requirements are valid for BC only-
if you're in Ontario, check the ATIO website:
http://www.atio.on.ca/info/membership.html
for New Brunswick check:
http://www.ctinb.nb.ca/eng/welcome.htm
Quebec:
http://www.ottiaq.org/

Bonne chance!
johanna


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Tina Vonhof  Identity Verified
Canada
Local time: 11:22
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Alberta Jan 4, 2004

The rules are pretty much the same in Alberta although fees may by slightly different. The ATIA home page is:
http://atia.ab.ca


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cendrine marrouat
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Thanks a lot for your replies. I live in Manitoba. Do you know what happens in this province?

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Johanna Timm, PhD  Identity Verified
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Local time: 10:22
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check this site Jan 5, 2004

http://atim.mb.ca/english/frameset.html


[Edited at 2004-01-05 02:17]


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