Toronto, Ontario: July 27, 2022 – Barbra Schlifer Commemorative Clinic is proud to announce that Interpreter Services Toronto is collaborating with OECM (Ontario Education Collaborative Market) as a new Category B – interpretation services Supplier Partner providing translation, interpretation, and American Sign Language (ASL).

Interpreter Services Toronto, the Barbra Schlifer Clinic’s employment social enterprise, was selected through a competitive sourcing process that complies with the Broader Public Sector Procurement Directive. “As of today, those seeking exceptional interpretation services can do so through the OECM Marketplace, or directly from Interpreter Services Toronto,” says Jehan Chaudry, Director, Interpreter Services and Operations at Barbra Schlifer Clinic.

“The Clinic offers immigrants and refugees access to subsidized language interpretation training to become professional trauma-informed interpreters. It empowers them to develop the skills needed to establish meaningful careers in their new country of residence. The partnership will benefit the overall social cause of supporting more women with increased access to employment opportunities,” says Deepa Mattoo, Executive Director of Barbra Schlifer Clinic.

Ontario Education Collaborative Market is a trusted not-for-profit collaborative sourcing partner for Ontario’s education sector, broader public sector, provincially funded organizations, Crown corporations, and other broader public sector agencies, boards, or commissions. More than 116 publicly funded education institutions, 414 Municipalities, and other publicly funded and not-for-profit Broader Public Sector organizations in Ontario have access to OECM.

The benefits of working with Barbra Schlifer Clinic under the OECM contract include:

      • Free and easy access to a wide range of services 
      • Compliance with the Broader Public Sector Procurement Directive – no need to issue an RFx
      • Agreement support and customer support service via OECM 

This partnership promises to deliver consistent, accessible, and responsive service, supporting our client-centric service delivery model while minimizing costs and generating savings and efficiency within the organization. Our ongoing efforts will allow us to further expand the reach and scope of our services from within the GTA to Ontario-wide through the networking opportunities that come with the OECM collaboration.


Barbra Schlifer Commemorative Clinic is a specialized clinic for women and gender-diverse people experiencing violence, established in the memory of Barbra Schlifer. The Clinic is a multi-disciplinary, front-line service provider that assists more than 10,000 women a year to build lives free from violence through counselling, legal representation, and language interpretation. 

Interpreter Services Toronto is an employment social enterprise focused on social outcomes and business performance. With a roster of 300 interpreters and more than 170+ languages, IST provides exceptional, professional interpretation and translation services to health, legal, business, government, and other organizations. 

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