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Implementation of the National Drug Schedules

Implementation of the National Drug Schedules Model across Canada


The following summary illustrates how the National Drugs Schedules model is implemented across Canada.


Scheduling by Reference means that whenever NAPRA makes a scheduling decision, the decision is automatically in force in the provinces or territories where they have elected to schedule by reference., which means the National Drug Schedules are referenced in provincial/territorial legislation. There may be exceptions to this practice, such as requiring provincial approval in some jurisdictions in the case of moving drugs into schedules that have greater control.


NAPRA + Provincial Approval means that whenever NAPRA makes an addition or a modification to the National Drug Schedules (NDS), the amendment needs to be submitted by the provincial regulatory authority to the government for approval before it becomes legislation in that province.


Jurisdiction Scheduling by Reference NAPRA + Provincial Approval
Manitoba Yes  
New Brunswick Yes  
Northwest Territories Yes  
Nova Scotia Yes  
Nunavut Yes  
Ontario Yes  
Prince Edward Island Yes  
Saskatchewan Yes  
Yukon Yes  
Alberta   Yes
British Columbia   Yes
Newfoundland and Labrador   Yes
(Quebec currently maintains its own drug schedules and no plans are underway for provincial adoption of the national model)
No No