Code of Ethics


As a member of the Association of Translators and Interpreters of Ontario ALBITS abides by ATIO's Code of Ethics.  The following are excerpts of the current Code of Ethics, adopted by the Association's AGM on April 25, 2009:


Professional Accountability

  • Members shall conduct themselves in a professional and ethical manner.

  • Members shall not accept work that they know to be beyond their competence and/or qualification.

  • No member shall hold herself/himself out as a certified member of the Association unless s/he has been duly certified by the Association.

Quality of Service

  • Members must provide the highest quality of service in all aspects of their professional practice.

  • Members shall faithfully and accurately reproduce in the target language the closest natural equivalent of the source language message without embellishment, omission or explanation.

  • Members accept full responsibility for the quality of their own work.

  • Members shall not discriminate in the services which they provide on the basis of race, ancestry, place of origin, colour, ethnic origin, citizenship, creed, sex, sexual orientation, age, marital status, famility status or disability.

Protection of the Public

  • Members shall practise their profession with honesty and integrity, respecting the rights and interests of their clients.

  • Members shall act with integrity in advertising their services and qualifications.  They shall refrain from making inaccurate statements regarding their competence, education, experience or certification.

  • Members will respect the privacy of their clients and hold in confidence all information obtained in the course of professional service.

  • Members shall set fair and reasonable fees for their services.  They shall inform the client in advance of the approximate foreseeable cost of their services, including copyright fees applicable to broadcasting or publication of their work.

Promoting the Profession

  • Members shall promote a positive image of their profession.

  • Members shall refrain from any activity that could tarnish the image of their profession.

  • Members shall foster the development of their profession by sharing their knowledge with colleagues in a spirit of mutual assistance.


ALBITS respects the privacy of its clients and holds in confidence all information obtained in the course of professional service.

ALBITS may be released from this obligation only by the client's authorization or when so ordered by law.


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