CANADIAN ASSOCIATION OF SIGN LANGUAGE INTERPRETERS

Vision, Mission, Core Values and Bylaws

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Vision Statement

Mission Statement

Core Value Statement

CASLI Bylaws

Joint Communication Team Statement

AQILS and CASLI Memorandum of Understanding


CASLI Vision Statement

 The Canadian Association of Sign Language Interpreters and its members uphold the highest standards of professional integrity, competence and ethics.



CASLI Mission Statement

The mission of the Canadian Association of Sign Language Interpreters is to advance the profession of interpreting and to support its members by:

  • Serving as the national representative for professional interpreters in Canada
  • Working in close partnership with Canadian Deaf organizations for the future benefit of Canadian Deaf people who use Sign Languages and the profession of interpreters whose working languages include a Sign Language
  • Supporting the efforts of Affiliate Chapters to advance the profession of interpreting in their regions
  • Supporting and collaborating with programs designed to facilitate the education and training of interpreters
  • Providing professional development and a national forum for discussion of issues pertinent to the field of interpreting
  • Upholding and promoting the Code of Ethics and Guidelines for Professional Conduct
  • Providing and promoting the Canadian Evaluation System
  • Providing and promoting the Professional Conduct Review Process (formerly known as the Dispute Resolution Process) for CASLI members and the individuals they serve.



CASLI Core Value Statement

The Canadian Association of Sign Language Interpreters believes that people have the right to interpreters who are professional, competent and ethical.

CASLI is guided in all its activities by the beliefs that:

  • Collaboration, cooperation and mutual, transparent communication between the Deaf community and Sign Language interpreters at a local, regional and national level across Canada are essential
  • The Association and its members will work with each other collegially, respectfully and with professional integrity
  • The Association will be responsive to its members.



CASLI Bylaws

CASLI bylaws were revised and ratified by membership, in order to meet the Canada Not-for-profit Corporations Act, at the June 22, 2013 Annual General Meeting (AGM) in Toronto, Ontario. The bylaws were formally recognized by Corporations Canada (Industry Canada) on July 10, 2013. Further updates to the bylaws were ratified by membership on the following dates have been filed with Corporations Canada (Industry Canada)

  • July 12, 2014  
  • June 27, 2015 
  • June 3, 2017
  • July 14, 2018
  • February 2, 2022


CASLI Bylaws - effective February 2, 2022   Link to Bylaws page (ASL/English)

Certificate of Continuance - issued by Corporations Canada (Industry Canada)

CASLI Certificate of Amendment


Joint Communication Team (JCT)

On July 6, 2010, the presidents representing the Canadian Cultural Society of the Deaf (CCSD), the Canadian Association of the Deaf/Association des Sourds du Canada (CAD-ASC) and the Canadian Association of Sign Language Interpreters - CASLI signed a Joint Statement solidifying their agreement to work in close partnership for the future benefit of Canadian Deaf people who use Sign Languages and professional interpreters whose working languages include a Sign Language.

Representatives from the three associations meet in person at each CASLI conference and have begun to schedule in-person meetings on an annual basis (non-conference years) where possible. On a variety of matters, the association presidents also keep in contact via e-mail or video chat to ensure open and timely communication is achieved.

View online copies of the Joint Statement (English version) or Déclaration Commune (French version)

Memorandum of Understanding

On July 13, 2016, the presidents and vice presidents representing the Association québécoise des interprètes en languages des signed (AQILS) and the Canadian Association of Sign Language Interpreters - CASLI signed a Memorandum of Understanding solidifying their agreement to work in close partnership for the future benefit of sign language interpreters throughout Canada.

Representatives from the two associations met in person at the AVLIC 2016 conference and have begun to schedule in-person meetings on an annual basis (non-conference years) where possible. On a variety of matters, the association presidents and board designates also keep in contact via e-mail or video chat to ensure open and timely communication is achieved.

View online copies of the Memorandum of Understanding (English version) or Protocole D'entente (French version)

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