Pharmacy is a regulated profession in Canada. You can only call yourself a pharmacist or practice the profession if you are licensed as a full member in one of the provincial/territorial bodies. These bodies are represented by the National Association of Pharmacy Regulatory Authorities (NAPRA).
Before you immigrate
There are steps that you can take before you immigrate to improve your chances of practicing your profession in Canada.
- Attend the Know Before You Go Webinar Series to learn more about life in Canada.
- Contact the Canadian diplomatic mission closest to you to find out about the pharmacy employment requirements in Canada.
- Contact the pharmacy regulatory association in the province where you’ll settle in Canada. Find out what procedures you must follow and the cost and time required to obtain a physician’s permit. Ask what licensing steps you can take before and after you immigrate.
- Contact the Pharmacy Examining Board of Canada (Document Evaluation) to have your qualifications assessed and determine if you’re eligible to take the PEBC Qualifying Examination. If you’re immigrating to Quebec, contact the Ordre des pharmaciens du Quebec.
- Improve your language skills and enroll in language classes in your home country and continue them after you move to Canada. You’ll need to prove your English or French (depending on your destination province) language competency, or be tested.
- Assess your language skills by taking an online self-assessment on the Canadian Language Benchmarks website.
- Gather and organize your official education, work and identity documents while still in your home country. Check with your provincial or territorial regulatory body to find out what documents you will need and verify if they need to be translated. You may need to use a professional translation service in Canada.
- Understand how the pharmacy profession is practiced in Canada and familiarize yourself with provincial laws and legislation where you’ll settle.
- Know the name of your job in Canada and make a list of potential employers.
- Find out how to get your driver’s license when you arrive. It will be useful to help you get a job, or even to search for a job.