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Ontario College of Pharmacists

Licensing Process in Ontario

These are the detailed requirements for international pharmacy graduates who wish to obtain a licence to practise in the province of Ontario.

1. Gateway Enrolment

    • Enrol in Pharmacists’ Gateway Canada. Once you have enrolled, you will receive a National ID number. This number will be used for identification and confirmation purposes throughout the licensure process ($340 + tax, if applicable).
    • Select Ontario as your province of choice.

2. Language Proficiency

    • May be completed at any time, prior to applying to the pharmacy regulatory authority.
    • Have original documents sent to NAPRA, Suite 1800, 130 Albert Street, Ottawa, ON, K1P 5G4 - Attention: Gateway Operations, from an approved language-testing agency to demonstrate that you meet the English language proficiency requirement. Candidates may apply to a review panel for further consideration. Details are available on the Ontario College of Pharmacists website. Please note: if you have taken the language proficiency test through the International English Language Testing System (IELTS), your results may be made available online through a secure portal. Please verify with your testing centre. Learn more about Language Proficiency.
    • Not required for U.S. graduates.

3. Academic Qualifications and Knowledge Assessment

    • Submit an application for Document Evaluation ($675) to the Pharmacy Examining Board of Canada (PEBC). (Not required for U.S. graduates. Click here for detailed requirements for U.S. graduates.)

    • Submit the following items to PEBC with your application for Document Evaluation:
      • Two recent (i.e. less than one year old) photographs with the date the pictures were taken indicated on the backs of the photos. One picture must be witnessed;
      • A properly witnessed form of primary identification—either:
        • A birth certificate, or
        • Both sides of a Canadian citizenship card, or
        • A statutory declaration plus two other official supporting documents (e.g. passport).
      • Copy of name-change or marriage certificate (if applicable);
      • Witnessed copy of original-language pharmacy degree or diploma;
      • University transcripts sent directly from the school to PEBC;
      • Letter of standing—either:
        • A licensing statement sent directly from any pharmacy authority with which the applicant is currently licensed, or
        • A recent (i.e. less than one month old) signed, witnessed statutory declaration indicating that the applicant is not licensed anywhere in the world.
      • Successfully complete the PEBC Evaluating Examination ($860). This must be completed prior to making an application to the Ontario College of Pharmacists.
      • Successfully complete the PEBC Qualifying Examination, Parts I and II ($2620). This may be completed at any time prior to making an application as a pharmacist. It is recommended that you complete the International Pharmacy Graduate Program (Bridging Program) offered by the University of Toronto before attempting this exam.

4. Application to the Pharmacy Regulatory Authority (PRA) - Student

    • Complete application for registration as a student with the Ontario College of Pharmacists, including the following:
    • Your registration as a student is valid for two years from the time of initial registration as a student.
    • U.S. graduates should complete an application for registration as an intern ($94).
    • Ensure that you have appropriate legal status in Canada.

5. Bridging Program

    • International pharmacy graduates must successfully complete the International Pharmacy Graduate Program offered by the University of Toronto consisting of two courses before applying to register as an intern:
      • Pharmacy Skills I ($6,825)
      • Pharmacy Skills II ($6,825)
    • Not required for U.S. graduates
    • NOTE: If you pass the PEBC Qualifying Examination (Parts I and II) on your first attempt, you are not required to complete the International Pharmacy Graduates’ (IPG) Bridging Program. However, you must make a request to a panel of the Registration Committee and they will determine whether you are required to complete additional education and/or training.

6. Structured Practical Training (SPT) / Practice Assessment of Competence on Entry (PACE)

    • PACE has four parts:
      • 1. Orientation: 1 week for orientation to the practice site.
      • 2. Assessment: 70 hours in 2 weeks full-time or 3 weeks part-time. You will be observed by an assessor during this period of time. The criteria are available on the Ontario College of Pharmacists’ website.
      • 3. Outcome: There are 2 possible outcomes: (1) competence demonstrated or (2) development required. Notification should be received within 2 weeks after the assessment.
      • 4. Feedback and Plan Development: This step is for candidates requiring development. The duration will be different from one candidate to another.


7. Jurisprudence Examination

    • Successfully complete the jurisprudence examination ($125). You may complete the exam at any time prior to registering as a pharmacist; it is recommended that you do so before registering as an intern.
    • Exam results are valid for three years from the date of completion.

8. Licensure / Registration

    • You must register as a pharmacist within two years of completing structured practical training (internship):
      • Complete application for Certificate of Registration as a Pharmacist ($94);
      • Pharmacist New Registrant annual fee ($750); prorated after August 31 ($375);
      • Maintain professional liability insurance.

After successful completion of all of these requirements, you will be granted a licence to practise pharmacy in the province of Ontario.

• All costs are presented in Canadian dollars and do not include taxes.
Fees are subject to change.
• The information in this table is only a summary. The official position of each pharmacy regulatory authority is defined in their governing legislation
available on their website.
• Consult the
Pharmacy Examining Board of Canada (PEBC) website to learn more about their process and requirements.