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A certified translator plays an important role for both individuals and businesses. Hiring one can be easy, as there are plenty of professionals residing across Canada. But hiring the best of the best requires some effort. 

What to look for in a top-quality certified translator? What makes one translation professional better than another?

We take a deep dive into the key qualities you should look for in a certified translator in Canada

What are the Characteristics of a Top-Quality Certified Translator in Canada?

Three main indications determine whether you should hire a translator or not: certification, language proficiency, experience and references. 


This is essential to determine the quality and success of the certified translator in Canada

Ensure that the professional is certified through the CTTIC, the Canadian Translators, Terminologists and Interpreters Council. This organization represents all provincial associations that certify translators across Canada, including the ATIA, the Alberta association, STIBC, the association in British Columbia, ATIO, the association in Ontario, ATIM (Manitoba), ATIS (Saskatchewan), ATINS (Nova Scotia), and CTINB (New Brunswick). The certifying translation body for Quebec is OTTIAQ and is a separate entity, not affiliated with CTTIC, though they carry very similar standards and their certification is recognized by the Canadian Government.

These organizations are the country’s standard-bearers, and all professional translators must be certified by their associations, alongside having a degree or equivalent experience in their respective language(s). 

If they’re not, do not hire them. 

Language Experience

The best translators are fully bilingual in both languages – the one you are translating from and the one you are translating to. 

And while that is considered standard, you should choose a translator that meets your specific business or individual needs. 

While someone can be fluent in both languages, it does not mean that they are familiar with your industry’s technical terminology.

For example, can they help you with business and financial translations? What about legal document translation? Are they experienced in handling technical translation that requires extreme attention to detail?

Ask them and provide references, particularly focusing on the area that you need their assistance. That way, you can verify that they are your best choice.. 

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A certified translator will also inform you if your request is outside of their field of expertise. In this situation, they will simply reject the offer as it goes against their code of ethics to accept work where they cannot guarantee its accuracy. Quality is the most important thing to a Certified Translator, not the quick income. 

Experience can also help determine if the certified Canadian translator is right for you. A certified translator that has proven years of experience indicates they will successfully handle the tasks ahead of them and deliver consistent results. 

Get References

Is the certified translator self-employed or supported by an organization, like Languages in Motion? If they’re the former, you’ll have to ask them directly for references, particularly to your specific needs. This can help you hone in on the pros and cons of the individual and if they are up to the challenge. 

If it’s the latter, then you can ask the company directly about their experience and work. In most cases, the organization will provide you with independent references, alongside careful analysis of the translator team that can best suit your needs.

At Languages in Motion Ltd., our goal is to bring the world together through professional translation and interpreting services. With access to over 200 languages, including American Sign Language, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese and Arabic, we can help individuals, families, and businesses communicate clearer than ever before. Our certified translators and interpreters have worked in numerous industries, including the Public Sector (Police, Healthcare, Court, Education, and Government & Municipalities), Healthcare, Finance, Local and International Law FirmsMarketing, Insurance Companies and Private/Independent Medical ClinicsLaw and Order, and Immigration. Our experience, passion for delivering results, commitment to clients, and enthusiasm for building relationships are why we are recognized as the best in the translation industry. Contact our team of certified translators and interpreters from Toronto to Winnipeg to Calgary and Vancouver today at 1-888-556-5541.

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