Pharmacists From Outside of Canada
Pharmacists' Gateway Canada
The National Association of Pharmacy Regulatory Authorities (NAPRA) recently launched a new website called Pharmacists’ Gateway Canada to introduce international pharmacy graduates to the process for obtaining licensure in a Canadian jurisdiction. NAPRA created the infrastructure through this website to allow international pharmacy graduates to start the application process through the Pharmacists’ Gateway Canada website.
Beginning August 20, 2014, all international pharmacy graduates (IPGs) who wish to obtain a licence to practice pharmacy in Manitoba will follow a new procedure.*(See footnote below.) The term IPGs refers to pharmacists who have obtained their pharmacy education outside of Canada.
As one of Canada’s pharmacy regulatory authorities (PRAs), we have entrusted our national association, the National Association of Pharmacy Regulatory Authorities (NAPRA), to develop a new, national approach to facilitate the licensure process for IPGs and to eliminate duplication.
Effective August 20, 2014, we will now require candidates that have not yet engaged with PEBC for document evaluation to go through the Gateway. This new program – the Pharmacists’ Gateway Canada – will now be the first point of access rather than the College of Pharmacists of Manitoba. To help IPGs navigate the licensure process and facilitate their preparation for licensure in Canada, the Gateway provides a website with key information online and through telephone support and features two self-assessment tools which assist IPGs to make an informed decision before starting the process to become licensed as a pharmacist in Canada. For IPGs wishing to practise in Canada, the process of obtaining a licence begins with enrolment in the Gateway.
We believe the Gateway presents a simple, transparent and safe way to facilitate the pathway to licensure for IPGs wishing to live and work in Canada.
The website provides information regarding the:
- regulation of pharmacy in Canada
- process to obtain a licence to practise pharmacy in Canada
- pharmacy practice environment including roles and responsibilities and types of practice
- working conditions for pharmacists such as average salary and hours of work
- potential costs and time required to obtain a licence to practise pharmacy in Canada
- average cost of living in Canada – food, lodging, transportation, utilities
- documentation you need to work in Canada – visa, immigration requirements
The recently launched website is designed to be a central place to find information related to the practice of pharmacy and the requirements for licensure as a pharmacist in Canada in a way that’s easy to understand. Those who have not started the documentation evaluation process with PEBC will continue to the Pharmacists' Gateway Canada website.
*Those who started the documentation evaluation process (prior to August 20, 2014) with the Pharmacy Examining Board of Canada (PEBC) will not continue the application process through Pharmacists' Gateway Canada. Instead they will continue the registration and licensure process directly with the College of Pharmacists of Manitoba.
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