In order to become a licensed pharmacist in Canada, you need:
- a bachelor's degree in Pharmacy from a Canadian University
- to complete a national board examination, the Pharmacy Examining Board of Canada (PEBC)
- practical experience through an apprenticeship/internship program
- a particular level of fluency in English or French
The profession of pharmacy is regulated on a provincial level. The provincial 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) at: http://napra.ca/pages/home/default.aspx.
The Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy at the University of Toronto has developed the International Pharmacy Graduate Program to assist pharmacists educated in countries outside North America to become licensed in Canada. A volunteer group of graduates from this program are available to guide colleagues on their journey to become licensed as Canadian pharmacists.
The Canadian Pharmacy Practice Program is offered by the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver. This bridging program is designed both to assist internationally-trained pharmacists obtain the competencies for practice in Canada and to help Canadian-trained pharmacists re-enter practice after a prolonged absence.