Translators to be in place at YVR in time for new provincial travel rules

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BY MARCUS FITZGERALD ~ Posted Apr 8, 2020 6:19 pm PDT

FILE: A plane is silhouetted as it takes off from Vancouver International Airport in Richmond, B.C. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

SUMMARY

  • North Delta MLA Ravi Khalon tells NEWS 1130 that the plan to lose nothing in translation is already in place
  • The MLA will be partnering with many non-profits who work with immigrant communities to get translation efforts going

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) -There are plenty of details that have to be ironed out when the Province brings in new rules to combat COVID-19.

As of Friday, travellers returning to BC will have to disclose their self-isolation plans at the airport, and will be placed in a self-isolation-friendly environment like hotels if they cannot provide a sound layout themselves.

A situation like that calls for having translators on hand for international travellers at Vancouver International, and North Delta MLA Ravi Khalon tells NEWS 1130 that the plan to lose nothing in translation is already in place.

“They may need language support once they go into self-quarantine, but they may need things more distinct to their culture or their heritage,” he says. “When we start making daily phone calls to get updates from people, we will also need many supports that might cater towards more cultural communities.”

The MLA will be partnering with many non-profits who work with immigrant communities to get this going by April 10th.

Khalon says it’s best if people have their isolation plans filled out in advance online in time for Friday’s changes, but when those people do touch down – they won’t have to worry about anything getting lost in translation as workers will be on hand to help out

“We also have a team in place at Service BC who will be making about three thousand phone calls a day checking up on people and making sure they have everything they need, and that they’re following through with their self-isolation plans.” Khalon added.

Khalon admits this is a very bold step but is happy with the plan put in place by the provincial government that is about to be rolled out on Friday.