Unlike many other countries the registration of pharmacists does not occur
at the national level.
In order to practise pharmacy you must be licensed
or registered in the province or territory in which you will work.
Each province in Canada is responsible for issuing a license to
practice pharmacy in their own province.
All provinces except Quebec
require applicants trained outside of Canada to have the Pharmacy
Examining Board of Canada Certificate of Qualification. This Certificate
is a major requirement for licensing in each province, but the
Certificate alone does not mean you have the right to practice.
In addition to the PEBC Certificate of Qualification, each province
has additional licensing requirements. These may include practical
experience, English or French language skills, and forensic
examinations. You must contact the regulatory authority in the province
you choose to practice in to receive full information about their
As a pharmacy graduate trained outside of Canada, you must follow the
2-step Evaluation Procedure of your documents before you can write the
Qualifying Exam. Once you have favourably completed the two steps, you
will then be eligible to take the Qualifying Exam.
If you are a foreign-trained pharmacist who has graduated from a
degree program acceptable to the Board and has been registered
continuously for a minimum of 10 years as a pharmacist in Canada and are
currently registered in good standing as a pharmacist in Canada, you may
apply directly for the Qualifying Examination. However, you must first
have your qualification assessed to confirm your eligibility and must
contact the PEBC office for further information.