Pharmacy in Canada
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Pharmacists in Canada

Canada has approximately 39,000 licensed pharmacists. Of those, 24,000 work in 9500 community pharmacies and 5700 work in hospitals. More than 4000 pharmacists also work in other settings such as the pharmaceutical industry, governments, associations, colleges and universities.

What do Pharmacists Do?

Today's pharmacists are highly respected as the medication management experts of the health care team. They collaborate with patients, their families and other health care providers to benefit the health of Canadians. The pharmacist's traditional role is expanding, and pharmacists across Canada deliver a range of innovative services, including medication reviews, chronic disease management, immunization services and wellness programs. Most provincial governments have approved pharmacist prescribing with varying scopes of authority, a service that complements the care provided by a doctor and can result in more convenient refills, less time spent dealing with prescription changes and collaborative medication management.

Becoming a Pharmacist in Canada

In order to become a licensed pharmacist in Canada, you need:

The profession of pharmacy is regulated on a provincial and territorial level. The regulatory authorities are directly responsible for granting pharmacist licenses, assessing the competency of pharmacists and ensuring public safety. For a detailed look at the specific provincial licensing requirements in every province, visit the National Association of Pharmacy Regulatory Authorities (NAPRA).

International Pharmacy Graduates (IPGs)

Requirements for licensing of internationally trained pharmacists can be found on the PEBC website. To help IPGs successfully complete the licensing requirements, several programs are available:

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