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Ordre des pharmaciens du Québec


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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.

Gateway Enrolment
  • Enrolling in Pharmacists’ Gateway Canada and getting a National ID number is recommended, but optional ($340 + tax, if applicable)
Language Proficiency
  • French language proficiency
Academic Qualification and Knowledge Assessment
  • Education equivalency is determined by the Admissions to Practice Committee based on an evaluation of education and previous professional work experience.
  • Successful completion of the PEBC Evaluating ($860) and/or Qualifying Examination ($2620) may be provided to demonstrate partial equivalency.
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
Application to provincial regulator
  • Application for Equivalency Assessment ($530.35)
  • Application for registration as a pharmacy student ($142.19)
Structured Practical Training
  • Successful completion of 600 hours structured practical training program (SPT) (internship)
  • Successful completion of the course “Pharmacie: loi et système de soins” (or a course deemed equivalent by l’Ordre des pharmaciens du Québec). This course must be successfully completed before the beginning of the structured practical training in the province ($680).
  • Initial application for registration with l’Ordre des pharmaciens du Québec (OPQ) ($310.08)
  • Pharmacist’s licence - annual fee ($1100.60)
  • Proof of professional liability insurance

LEARN MORE - Ordre des pharmaciens du Québec Detailed Requirements

• 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 and regulations
available on their website.
Consult the Pharmacy Examining Board of Canada (PEBC) website to learn more about their process and requirements.