The strategies under this priority area focus on improving communication for immigrants and newcomers locally by:
- Offering a large variety of language training opportunities that meet the needs and levels of all English language learners.
- Increasing access to professional interpretation services so local organizations can better serve their non or limited English-speaking clientele.
There are a number of organizations locally that offer English as a Second Language (ESL) courses including:
Together, these organizations provide opportunities to English learners of all ages and skill levels. Along with the Sarnia-Lambton Economic Partnership, they are working on a shared plan to promote and market theses programs in a more collaborative way. Some marketing initiatives currently underway include promotional videos and print materials.
Sarnia-Lambton Community Interpreter Access Program (CIAP)
The Sarnia-Lambton Community Interpreter Access Program (CIAP) was established in 2012 to address the lack of professional interpretation services locally. The program, run by Across Languages Translation and Interpretation Service (AL) and funded by the United Way of Sarnia-Lambton, covers the cost of professional interpretation services for eligible non-profit organizations in Lambton County. The program covers both in-person and over-the-phone interpretation services.
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