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French Language Testing

French Language Requirements in Manitoba, New Brunswick and Ontario:

The provinces of Manitoba, New Brunswick and Ontario have significant numbers of French-speaking individuals and communities and so English or French language fluency is acceptable in those provinces.

For specific information about French Language requirements in each of these provinces, you will need to consult directly with the licensing authorities:

French Language Requirements in Québec

Candidates wishing to practise in Québec should know that French language proficiency is required for practice. To prove that you meet the standard for fluency 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 government.


If you do not meet these requirements, you must pass a French language examination with the Office québécois de la langue française. The examination contains four categories: oral comprehension, oral expression, written expression and comprehension of a text.

If you successfully complete all four categories, OPQ may give you a licence, providing that you have met all other requirements to obtain a licence to practice pharmacy. You can also receive a temporary licence if you have registered for, but have not yet completed the exam. Also, if you do not pass the examination, OPQ will give you a temporary licence valid for 12 months. This temporary licence can be renewed under certain conditions.