If you are a foreign pharmacy graduate who would like to find out more about practising pharmacy in Canada, you will soon have access to NAPRA’S NEW Gateway for international pharmacy graduates. The Gateway was developed by NAPRA, an association that represents all Canadian pharmacy regulatory authorities (PRAs).
The launch of Pharmacists’ Gateway Canada will occur in a series of progressive stages beginning in the second part of 2013. Additional tools and features will be added over time until the Gateway is complete.
All the information you need to know on how to apply for a licence to practice pharmacy anywhere in Canada will be conveniently available on the Gateway, such as:
- Who regulates pharmacy practice in Canada
- How to obtain a license to practice pharmacy in Canada
- What pharmacy practice is like in Canada – roles, responsibilities, key players, types of practice
- The importance of clear communication and language skills to support pharmacy services with patients and with other health care professionals
- Details on working conditions for pharmacists – salary, hours of work, job opportunities
- The potential costs and time required to obtain a license
- The average cost of living in Canada – food, lodging, transportation, utilities
- What documentation you need to work in Canada – visa, immigration requirements
- What you can do to improve your skills before emigrating or starting the application process
- How your credentials will be evaluated and what programs are available to upgrade or “bridge the gap”
- The importance of planning before you start
The Gateway will also provide useful self-assessment tools to help you identify whether you have gaps in your pharmacy skills as compared to Canadian requirements, and whether you are ready to start the application process.
Once you are ready, the Gateway will help you create a personal account, obtain your unique national identifier number and start your application online, all without leaving your country. All the information and documents you provide as part of the application process will be securely stored on the Gateway.
The Gateway will offer some of these features this fall, however in the meantime, foreign pharmacy graduates should contact the pharmacy regulatory authority (PRA) in the province or territory where they wish to practice for information on obtaining a licence to practice pharmacy. Links to each PRA can be found at the top of this page.
Once launched, the Gateway will be accessible from the NAPRA site or by going directly to its web address: pharmacistsgatewaycanada.ca. The Pharmacists’ Gateway Canada project is funded by the Government of Canada’s Foreign Credential Recognition program.
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