Information for foreign-trained pharmacists

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Information on requirements to practise

The profession of pharmacist is regulated in Canada. This means that it is illegal to practise the profession or use the title of pharmacist without being licensed as a full member in a provincial or territorial regulatory body.

The National Association of Pharmacy Regulatory Authorities (NAPRA) is the national voluntary association of provincial and territorial pharmacy regulatory bodies as well as the Canadian Forces Pharmacy Services.

For all Canadian territories and provinces except Quebec, NAPRA’s National Model Licensing Program outlines the entry to practice requirements for candidates seeking licensure through a provincial/territorial pharmacy regulatory body. For requirements to practise in Quebec, contact the Ordre des pharmaciens du Québec (see list below).

The provincial/territorial regulatory bodies are responsible for setting the standards for entry into the profession and for issuing licences to those who meet established standards of qualifications and practice. Requirements to practise may vary from province to province. Therefore, once you know where you will settle and work, you should consult NAPRA’s summary of initial licensure requirements or contact the appropriate regulatory body (see list below) for information on licensing procedures.

Except for Quebec, requirements for licensing include successful completion of the qualifying examination administered by the Pharmacy Examining Board of Canada (PEBC). For more information, contact the PEBC:

Pharmacy Examining Board of Canada (PEBC)
717 Church Street
Toronto ON   M4W 2M4   Canada
Phone : 416-979-2431
Fax : 416-599-9244
Email : 

Information on assessment of qualifications

Before arriving in Canada, foreign-trained pharmacists can apply to have their qualifications assessed, through PEBC Document Evaluation, to determine their eligibility to take the PEBC Qualifying Examination. In Quebec, the Ordre des pharmaciens du Québec (see below) handles the assessment of foreign qualifications.

You should note that if you are already licensed to practise your occupation in a province or territory of Canada, and later wish to work in a non-regulated occupation, employers may request that you provide them with a formal assessment of your academic credentials.

If that is the case, or if you wish to have your credentials assessed for a purpose other than practising a regulated occupation in Canada, you may consult our Fact Sheet No. 2, "Assessment and recognition of credentials for the purpose of employment in Canada" and contact an academic credential evaluation service. Although evaluation services offer expert advice on how qualifications obtained abroad compare with academic credentials obtained in Canada, their evaluations are advisory only and do not guarantee recognition of your qualifications for employment or certification purposes in Canada. Please note that evaluation services charge a fee for their assessments.

Information on assessment for immigration purposes, under the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP)

The Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP) is an immigration program administered by Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC), the department responsible for immigration to Canada.

The Pharmacy Examining Board of Canada (PEBC) has been designated by CIC to provide an "Educational Credential Assessment" (ECA). Principal Applicants intending to apply as Pharmacists under the FSWP must be assessed by the PEBC.

It is important to note that NOC code 3131 is not on the eligible occupations list that takes effect on May 1, 2014, so this will only affect those applying under the PhD stream or with a qualifying job offer based on this NOC code.

Other relevant information

For a general description of duties and employment requirements, you can refer to the information prepared by Human Resources Development Canada regarding:

Specific Provincial/Territorial Information

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Alberta College of Pharmacists (ACP)
1100-8215 112 St. NW
Edmonton AB   T6G 2C8   Canada
Phone : 780-990-0321
Phone (alternate): 1-877-227-3838
Fax : 780-990-0328
Email : 

British Columbia

College of Pharmacists of British Columbia (COPBC)
200-1765 West 8th Avenue
Vancouver BC   V6J 5C6   Canada
Phone : 604-733-2440
Phone (alternate): 1-800-663-1940
Fax : 604-733-2493
Fax (alternate): 1-800-377-8129
Email : 


Manitoba Pharmaceutical Association (MPhA)
200 Tache Avenue
Winnipeg MB   R2H 1A7   Canada
Phone : 204-233-1411
Fax : 204-237-3468
Email : 

New Brunswick

New Brunswick Pharmaceutical Society (NBPhS)
1224 Mountain Rd, Unit 8
Moncton NB   E1C 2T6   Canada
Phone : 506-857-8957
Phone (alternate): 1-800-463-4434
Fax : 506-857-8838
Email : 

Newfoundland and Labrador

Newfoundland and Labrador Pharmacy Board (NLPB)
Apothecary Hall
488 Water St.
St. John's NL   A1E 1B3   Canada
Phone : 709-753-5877
Phone (alternate): 1-877-453-5877
Fax : 709-753-8615
Email : 

Northwest Territories

Professional Licensing, Department of Health and Social Services, Government of the Northwest Territories
8th Floor Centre Square Tower
P.O. Box 1320
Yellowknife NT   X1A 2L9   Canada
Phone : 867-920-8058
Fax : 867-873-0484
Email : 

Nova Scotia

Nova Scotia College of Pharmacists (NSCP)
1559 Brunswick Street, Suite 200
Halifax NS   B3J 2G1   Canada
Phone : 902-422-8528
Fax : 902-422-0885
Email : 
Pharmacy Association of Nova Scotia (PANS)
170 Cromarty Drive, Suite 225
Dartmouth NS   B3B 0G1   Canada
Phone : (902)422-9583
Fax : (902)422-2619
Email : 


Professional Licensing, Department of Health and Social Services, Government of Nunavut
P.O. Box 390
Kugluktuk NU   X0B 0E0   Canada
Phone : 867-982-7672
Phone (alternate): 867-982-7668
Fax : 867-982-3256
Fax (alternate): 867-982-7640
Email : 


Ontario College of Pharmacists (OCP)
483 Huron Street
Toronto ON   M5R 2R4   Canada
Phone : 416-962-4861
Phone (alternate): 1 800 220-1921
Fax : 416-847-8200
Email : 

Prince Edward Island

Prince Edward Island Pharmacy Board (PEIPB)
P.O. Box 89
Crapaud PE   C0A 1J0   Canada
Phone : 902-658-2780
Fax : 902-658-2189
Email : 


Ordre des pharmaciens du Québec (OPQ)
266, rue Notre-Dame Ouest, Bureau 301
Montréal QC   H2Y 1T6   Canada
Phone : 514-284-9588
Phone (alternate): 1-800-363-0324
Fax : 514-284-3420
Email : 


Saskatchewan College of Pharmacists (SCP)
700 - 4010 Pasqua Street
Regina SK   S4S 7B9   Canada
Phone : 306-584-2292
Fax : 306-584-9695
Email : 


Professional Licensing, Department of Community Services, Government of Yukon
P.O. Box 2703, (C-5)
Whitehorse YT   Y1A 2C6   Canada
Phone : 867-667-5111
Fax : 867-667-3609
Email : 

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