About the project
The National Association of Pharmacy Regulatory Authorities (NAPRA) has secured funding of $3.7M over three and a half years from the Government of Canada’s Foreign Credential Recognition program to establish and maintain a plain language website in addition to developing new tools which will provide international pharmacy graduates (IPGs) with a single point of access to information they need to become licensed to practice pharmacy in Canada.
The IPG project will assist all provincial and territorial regulatory authorities (PRAs) to streamline and standardize licensing requirements as much as possible and will create a single point of access. It will also contribute to implementing some of the resolutions made by the PRAs which led to the signing of the Mobility Agreement for Canadian Pharmacists. In addition, the IPG project is NAPRA’s contribution to some of the recommended actions of the Moving Forward Pharmacy Human Resources and the Blueprint initiatives led by the Canadian Pharmacists Association during the past few years. Studies demonstrate that immigration will account for all net labour force growth in Canada over the next several years. Canada’s continued prosperity and ability to fill skills and labour shortages will benefit from improvements to the credential recognition processes for immigrants.
NAPRA will develop a website that will not only provide plain language information, it will also provide access to a tool to help international pharmacy graduates determine their preparedness and readiness to proceed with a request for licensure to practice in Canada. A second assessment tool will help foreign graduates review their credentials, identify gaps and prepare a learning plan. The applications received will feed into a national shared database which will collect general information on international applicants, provide statistical reports and be accessible to all PRAs. Once this website is up and running, a comprehensive communication and marketing plan will be developed to ensure that International Pharmacy Graduates are aware of the new single access point to enter pharmacy practice in Canada.
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