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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 Québec.

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

1. Gateway Enrolment

    • You are invited to enrol in Pharmacists’ Gateway Canada. Once you have enrolled, you will receive a candidate number. This number will be used for identification and confirmation purposes throughout the licensure process. ($330 + tax, if applicable)
    • Select Québec as your province of choice

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 Québec, 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 Québec government.
    • for more information, see French Language Proficiency Requirements

3. Academic Qualifications and Knowledge Assessment

    • Application for registration as a pharmacy student (138 $)
    • Submit the following documents to NAPRA, Suite 1800, 130 Albert Street, Ottawa, ON, K1P 5G4 Attention Gateway Operations (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)
    • The admissions committee in the province of Québec 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 about the courses and practical experience you must complete to meet OPQ’s requirements.
      • If you achieved partial equivalence, complete additional training at University of Montréal. You may ask for a review of the decision.
      • If your education is not equivalent, complete a full pharmacy program at the University of Montreal or Laval University. You may ask for a review of the decision.
      • CAP may also accept proof of successful completion of the PEBC Evaluating Examination ($600) and/or Qualifying Examination ($2525) to demonstrate partial educational equivalency.

4. Structured Practical Training

    • After confirming educational equivalency:
      • Complete the required structured practical training (internship) of 600 hours or equivalent

5. Jurisprudence

    • Successfully complete the jurisprudence course “Pharmacie: loi et systèmes de soins” (or a course deemed equivalent by OPQ) ($675)

6. Licensure / Registration

    • Submit application for initial registration ($301)
    • Submit annual fee for Pharmacist Licence (approx. $1043.60/yr 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 Québec.

• All costs are presented in Canadian dollars and do not include taxes.
• 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.