Working in Ontario
Pharmacists in Ontario work as part of a health care team and provide care for patients. They are trained in the principles of medication management to provide patient care. Pharmacists must be able to communicate well to help patients manage their medications and deal with any health problems that may be treated or caused by drugs, and to collaborate with other health care providers.
To practise pharmacy in Ontario, you must have a Certificate of Registration (license) as a Pharmacist from the Ontario College of Pharmacists (OCP).
Tools and Information
Please visit the applicant section on the OCP website for detailed information regarding the registration process including bridging education, language requirements, the credential assessment process, examinations, training and other important information.
Pharmacists’ Gateway to Canada provides a tool to help international pharmacy graduates determine their preparedness and readiness to begin their licensure process in Canada.
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HealthForceOntario offers a number of services to health professionals, including a recruitment centre and jobs listing service.
HealthForceOntario provides advice and services to help you navigate the registration process in Ontario. They also offer information sessions for internationally educated pharmacists.
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.
The International Pharmacy Graduate (IPG) Program is the bridging education program approved by the OCP Council to assist international pharmacy graduates in gaining the knowledge, skills and judgment required to meet the Canadian entry-to-practice standards for pharmacists.
Toll free in North America: 1-866-969-9499
Location: Toronto or partial online option with Toronto workshops
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.
To learn about occupations in Canada, visit Job Bank.
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.
Do you have questions about working in your profession or trade? If so, ask OntarioImmigration.ca.