Strengthening Our Community

Our enterprise has two bottom lines – economic and social outcomes.

Our well-trained and fairly paid interpreters enrich the community by providing greater access to affordable interpreter services.

The Barbra Schlifer Commemorative Clinic

IST is a social purpose enterprise of the Barbra Schlifer Commemorative Clinic.

The  Schlifer Clinic is a specialized clinic for women experiencing violence.

Barbra Schlifer was an idealistic young lawyer whose life was cut short by violence on the night of her call to the bar of Ontario. In her memory, the Barbra Schlifer Clinic assists 4,000 women a year to build lives free from violence through counselling, legal representation and language interpretation.

The clinic offers:

  • legal help in family, immigration and criminal law
  • compassionate support from diverse, skilled counsellors
  • interpretation and translation in more than 200 languages

What is a Social Purpose Enterprise?

“A social enterprise is a non-profit organization that employs business methods and practices to create training opportunities and employment for low-income and marginalized individuals. These hybrid organizations function in the divide between traditional business and non-profit social agencies, harnessing the strengths of both.” – Social Enterprise Toronto