Registration and Licensure with the College of Pharmacists of Manitoba
Pharmacists from Outside of Canada
The following checklist is for international pharmacy graduates who have started the documentation evaluation process with the Pharmacy Examining Board of Canada (PEBC), prior to August 20, 2014.
Those who have not completed the document evaluation process with PEBC, prior to August 20, 2014, are required to participate in the Pharmacists Gateway Canada program. For more information on the Gateway, please see Pharmacists from Outside of Canada.
International pharmacy graduates who have started the document evaluation process with PEBC prior to August 20, 2014, and are seeking registration and licensure with the College of Pharmacists of Manitoba (the College) as their entry to practice in Canada are required to meet the following requirements. To assist, follow the step-by-step application process described below.
At the June 22, 2015, Council meeting, Council approved a motion to limit the number of new international pharmacy graduate (IPG) pharmacist applications (at entry to practice in Canada) to five per month. This process is being implemented as a measure to more effectively manage the workflow of the College office. As a result of the decision, effective July 1, 2015, the College will accept the first five applications (must include supporting documents) each month for registration and licensure. Any applications beyond the five will be placed in queue in the order in which they were received. The next five applicants in the queue will be reviewed and assessed each month thereafter. An exception may be granted by the Registrar if a pharmacy manager requests, on behalf of the applicant, the Registrar consider an applicant describing the reasons for the special consideration.
To be eligible to begin the registration and licensing process with the College, you must first:
Successfully complete both the evaluating and qualifying examinations of the Pharmacy Examining Board of Canada (PEBC). PEBC qualifying exams must be completed within three years prior to completing registration with the College . You CANNOT start the registration process in Manitoba without completing BOTH the evaluating and qualifying examinations of the PEBC. Visit the PEBC website at www.pebc.ca for additional information on completing the PEBC evaluating and qualifying examinations; and,
- Provide evidence of language proficiency in either English or French within two years prior to completing registration with the College of Pharmacists of Manitoba. All results, from an individual, must be from the same type of test and measured at the same time for TOEFL, MELAB and IELTS to be valid. Elements of the CanTEST, speaking and writing, can be tested separately; however, listening and reading must be taken together with writing.
* Note: As per the NAPRA standards, any applicant that qualifies with French fluency will be required to successfully complete their internship within a French speaking community, with a preceptor that is fluent in French. Upon successful completion of registration and licensure with the College, a condition will be placed on their licence that they can only practice in a French speaking community and that any letter of standing sent from the College will include this condition.
Evidence of English language proficiency is demonstrated by successfully meeting the minimum language requirements of the National Association of Pharmacy Regulatory Authorities (NAPRA). Visit the NAPRA website for additional information on the minimum language proficiency requirements.
The College may exempt an applicant from the standard language requirement if the applicant can provide a Notarized Copy of his/her transcript of marks from a Canadian Secondary School, where they have completed a minimum of 4 years primarily in English. As well the applicant must provide a letter to the College with an explanation as to why he/she should be exempt.
- If an IPG applicant shows marks less than 70% in a Canadian secondary English program class, and attended a foreign non-English speaking university pharmacy program, they may be required to show fluency.
A Document Checklist is now available to assist you in submitting all supporting documentation, along with your application and registration fee, in order to initiate the review process. Once the above two prerequisites are met, you may then complete an Application for Registration. Once completed, submit the application, registration fee, and the supporting documentation listed below:
a notarized* passport size and style photograph (placed on white paper for the Notary to sign and seal). See an example here.
a notarized* copy of your birth certificate (if the name on the application is different from the name on the birth certificate, please submit a notarized copy of the name change certificate(s)
a copy of your PEBC Qualification Certificate and/or a copy of your letter from the PEBC confirming qualification (the date of this document must be within three years prior to completing registration with the College )
documentation directly from the language proficiency assessment centre to the College that you have obtained the minimum fluency requirements, as described above (the date of this document must be within two years prior to completing registration with the College)
a notarized* copy of your Canadian Citizenship, Landed Immigrant Status and/or Work Visa
original letter of standing directly from the licensing body from the jurisdiction where you are currently a member or, if not currently a member in any jurisdiction, where you most recently had a membership/licence, or, a certified copy directly from PEBC to the College. (The letter of standing must be dated and signed within 24 months of licensure in Manitoba.) Should you be unable to provide a letter of standing to satisfy this requirement, please provide a signed and notarized affidavit confirming that: (i) you have not worked as a pharmacist since leaving your practice from _________, the country of your last licensure, (ii) confirm you have no history or outstanding matters of discipline or complaint investigation as a Pharmacist, and (iii) why you are unable to provide a current letter of standing from ____________ (indicate licensing body) in ______________ (indicate city and country) for the following reason(s): _________________
- Criminal Record Check **: An original letter from the Royal Canadian Mounted Police or any other Canadian police service, which confirms the check was done using Canadian Police Information Centre (CPIC) and/or based on the National Repository of Criminal Records (of Canada). City of Winnipeg residents can apply online for a Criminal Record Check (also known as a Police Information Check). For more information please see the Winnipeg Police Service Applicant Fact Sheet. The date of this Criminal Record Check must be within six months prior to commencing the internship described below).
- Adult Abuse Registry Check **
More information - http://manitoba.ca/fs/pwd/adult_abuse_registry.html
Form - http://www.gov.mb.ca/fs/pwd/pubs/adult_abuse_registry_form.pdf
The date of the Adult Abuse Registry Check must be within six months prior to commencing the internship described below.
- Child Abuse Registry Check **
More information - http://manitoba.ca/fs/childfam/child_abuse_registry.html
Form - http://www.gov.mb.ca/fs/childfam/pubs/child_abuse_registry_application_form.pdf
The date of the Child Abuse Registry Check must be within six months prior to commencing the internship described below.
*All documents verified from outside of Manitoba need to be notarized by a Notary Public within Canada.
**Thereafter, a current, original registry check is required by the College every five years.
Please do not send in your application without all the supporting documents (except for the Letter of Standing and Language Fluency).
Review and Approval of Documentation
Once the above requirements in Steps 1 and 2 are met, and all documentation is received by the College, your application and accompanying documents will be taken to the Board of Examiners for review. Upon approval by the Board of Examiners, your application and supporting documents will be put forth for approval by the Registrar.
Once your documents have been reviewed, and the approval process is complete, you will be asked by the College to provide the name of the pharmacist you would like to become your preceptor. The College will then notify the preceptor to complete to the Preceptor Application, which he/she must then submit to the College for consideration for approval.
You may not start your internship until you have been notified by the College.
Applicants must complete a 600-hour internship in Manitoba with a preceptor approved by Council. For more information about internships, please see the Frequently Asked Questions document for Interns and Preceptors.
Click to view a sample copy of the Internship Manual.
To assist you in finding a suitable pharmacy to do your internship, you may find it helpful to:
view the College’s Directory of licensed pharmacies in the province;
visit the website for the Canadian Society of Hospital Pharmacists - Manitoba Branch for available positions in hospital pharmacies in the province.
Please note that you cannot transfer internship hours spent with one preceptor to another preceptor. If you decide to change your internship site or preceptor you must first have approval from the Registrar of the College to do so. The new preceptor must also be approved by Council.
Potential preceptors requiring information on the Council approval process, should contact the College office.
The jurisprudence examination is written in the College offices. You are eligible to write the examination after you have successfully completed 200 hours of internship. For further information, please see the College Jurisprudence Examination webpage.
An applicant can proceed to licensure once all requirements, as stated above, are met, licence fee has been paid, confirmation of liability insurance has been provided and the application is reviewed and approved by both the Board of Examiners and the Registrar. Your practising licence will then be processed and issued to you.
QuestionsIf at any time you have questions about the application process or access to your records, please contact Bev Robinson at the College by email at email@example.com.
ResourcesOffice of the Manitoba Fairness Commissioner
Internationally educated professionals can access programs for financial support through the Office of the Manitoba Fairness Commissioner (OMFC). For information on these programs, please visit the OMFC website and go to " Financial Information for Internationally Educated Professionals" under "Publications".
Pharmacists' Gateway to Canada
The National Association of Pharmacy Regulatory Authorities (NAPRA) recently launched a new website called Pharmacists’ Gateway to Canada to introduce international pharmacy graduates to the process for obtaining licensure in a Canadian jurisdiction.
For additional information, please visit: http://www.pharmacistsgatewaycanada.ca/