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Ordre des pharmaciens du Québec

Licensing Process in Québec

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

It is important to note that the Ordre des pharmaciens du Québec (OPQ) has a different licensure process than the other Canadian provinces. OPQ does not require enrolment in Pharmacists’ Gateway Canada (Gateway) as they conduct their own evaluation for education and training equivalency. Enrolment in the Gateway is only required if the candidate chooses to obtain the Pharmacy Examining Board of Canada (PEBC) Certificate of Qualification and include it as part of the evaluation for education and training equivalency. The PEBC Certificate of Qualification can be submitted to OPQ as part of the training and education equivalency application; however, it is not a requirement. Please note that the process by OPQ is independent of and prevails over the PEBC certification process.


International pharmacy graduates from France wishing to practice in Quebec will follow a different process. Quebec and France have a mutual agreement to recognize the credentials of pharmacy graduates trained in each of those jurisdictions. For more information, see Pharmacy Graduates from France.

1. Gateway Enrolment

    • You are required to enrol in Pharmacists’ Gateway Canada i f you wish to obtain the Pharmacy Examining Board of Canada (PEBC) Certificate of Qualification and include it as part of the education and training equivalency application. 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 Quebec as your province of choice.
    • Please note that licensure with OPQ can be completed without enrolling in Pharmacists’ Gateway Canada and obtaining the PEBC Certificate of Qualification.

2. Language Proficiency

    To prove that you meet the standard for proficiency in French, you must have:

    • no fewer than three years of full-time secondary or post-secondary instruction in French
    • successfully completed the fourth- or fifth-year secondary-level examinations in French as the first language, or,
    • a secondary school certificate in Quebec, from or after the school year 1985-86, or
    • a certificate issued by the Office québécois de la langue française, or a certificate defined as equivalent by the Quebec government.

3. Academic Qualifications and Knowledge Assessment

    • Application for registration as a pharmacy student ($142.19)
    • Submit the following documents to Ordre des pharmaciens du Québec, Direction de l'admission et du perfectionnement, 301-266, Notre-Dame West, Montréal, QC,  H2Y 1T6 (French translations required of all documents not originally provided in French or English):
      • Recent, passport-sized photo with signature on back
      • Identification (semi-authentic certificate of birth from the Directeur de l’état-civil du Québec, or proof of citizenship)
      • University transcript including course descriptions and number of credits
      • Certified copy of pharmacy diploma
      • Proof of successful completion of practical training
      • Proof of relevant continuing education activities
      • Description and proof of any previous work experience
      • Proof of eligibility to be a pharmacist in another jurisdiction
      • Letter of recommendation from one’s pharmacy regulatory authority
      • List of pertinent publications
      • Fee for Equivalency Assessment ($530.35)
    • The admissions committee in the province of Quebec conducts a file evaluation (comité de l’admission à la pratique—CAP).
      • CAP determines whether your education is equivalent, partially equivalent or not equivalent. If your education is partially equivalent, CAP will tell you the courses and practical experience you must complete to obtain the equivalency in educationand training.
      • If your education is not equivalent, you must complete a full pharmacy program at the Université de Montréal or Université Laval.
      • If a candidate is not satisfied with CAP’s decision, with respect to the education and training equivalency, a request may be made to OPQ’s review committee for an additional review of the education and training.
      • Successful completion of the PEBC Evaluating Examination ($860) and/or Qualifying Examination ($2620) may be used to demonstrate partial equivalency of education and training.

4. Bridging program:

    • Additional training at the Université de Montréal may be required if the candidate has achieved “partial equivalence.” (Estimated cost between $8,000 and 10,000.)
    • The full pharmacy program at Université de Montréal or Université Laval is required for candidates whose education is not equivalent.



5. Structured Practical Training

    • As part of the process to evaluate their equivalency in training in pharmacy, the candidate must complete the required structured practical training (internship) of 600 hours or equivalent.

6. Jurisprudence

    • Successfully complete the jurisprudence course “Pharmacie: loi et systèmes de soins” (or a course deemed equivalent by OPQ) ($680).

7. Licensure / Registration

    • Submit application for initial registration ($310.08).
    • Submit annual fee for Pharmacist Licence (approx. $1100.60 per year; please consult OPQ).
    • Obtain the minimum liability insurance.

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

• 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.