Working in Ontario
Pharmacists in Ontario work as part of a health care team and provide care for patients. Pharmacists must be able to communicate well with patients to find out about their medication history, to give them information on drug use, and to help patients deal with any health problems that can be treated with or caused by drugs.
To practice pharmacy in Ontario, you must have a Certificate of Registration (license) as a Pharmacist from the Council of the Ontario College of Pharmacists. If you are an internationally trained pharmacist and you want to practise in Ontario, you can contact the College directly, or view the career map in the ‘Tools and Information’ section of this page.
Tools and Information
The Ontario Government has partnered with the Ontario College of Pharmacists to create a Career Map for internationally trained pharmacists. The Career Map explains in detail every step of the registration process including language requirements, labour market conditions, the credential assessment process, licensing fees and other important information.
Entry to practice requirements: You can find information on how you can practise as a regulated pharmacist and pharmacy technician in Ontario on HealthForceOntario.
Bridge training programs: If you are qualified in your profession but new to Ontario, you may benefit from a bridging program. Bridging programs help qualified immigrants move more quickly into their professions without duplicating what they have already learned.
Fast Track Bridge Training for Internationally Educated Pharmacy TechniciansCentennial College of Applied Arts and Technology
This diploma program is for internationally educated pharmacy technicians seeking licensure and employment in their field. It provides academic training, as well as field placements and practical labs, occupation-specific language, workplace culture and communication training, and employment supports. Graduates of this program receive an Ontario College Diploma and meet the registration requirements of the Ontario College of Pharmacists (OCP) as Pharmacy Technicians.
International Pharmacy Graduate ProgramUniversity of Toronto
This program helps internationally trained pharmacists meet Canadian practice standards. The program includes practical courses, opportunities for mentoring and licensing exam preparation.
DID YOU KNOW?
HealthForceOntario offers a number of services to health professionals, including a recruitment centre and jobs listing service.
Council of the Ontario College of Pharmacists
483 Huron Street
Toronto, ON M5R 2R4
To learn about occupations in Canada, visit the Working in Canada website. This site will help you identify the name of your occupation in Canada. It will also give you important information about your profession in many regions of Canada, including job duties, skill requirements and wage rates. To learn about your occupation, visit the website and click the ‘Start’ button on the main page.