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The following is a compilation of the licensed pharmacists, licensed pharmacy technicians and accredited pharmacies in Canada as of January 1, 2021:

 

 

2021

Total licensed pharmacists

45,637

Total licensed practising pharmacists 43,686
Total licensed pharmacy technicians

9,913

Pharmacies*:  
Community pharmacies

10,860

In-patient hospital pharmacies, if licensed by regulatory authority

     498

Total licensed pharmacies

11,427

*Northwest Territories, Yukon, Nunavut and Québec do not license pharmacies; figures are captured in this data for information purposes only.

 

Provincial and Territorial Statistics - PHARMACISTS

Pharmacists (as of January 1, 2021)

Jurisdiction Pharmacists practising in community Pharmacists practising in hospital Pharmacists practising in other settings Total licensed pharmacists
Alberta N/A N/A N/A

5,801

British Columbia 4,179 1,098 1,210

6,487

Manitoba 1,152 358 41

1,551

New Brunswick 727 164 13

904

Newfoundland and Labrador 577 120 38

735

Northwest Territories 53 5 0

58

Nova Scotia 1,082 195 91

1,368

Nunavut

7 1 1

9

Ontario 11,546 2,562 1,121

15,229

Prince Edward Island 154 23 30

207

Quebec 7,256 1,781 531

9,568

Saskatchewan 1,158 344 203

1,705

Yukon

45 6 13

64

TOTAL CANADA 27,936 6,657 3,292

43,686

Canadian Forces* 80 0 22

102

*Note: Pharmacists within the Canadian Forces are licensed provincially and therefore their statistics are already included in the jurisdiction where they hold their licence. These figures do not alter the total number of pharmacists practicing in Canada. This data is posted for information only.



Provincial and Territorial Statistics - PHARMACY TECHNICIANS

Pharmacy Technicians* (as of January 1, 2021)

Jurisdiction Total licensed pharmacy technicians
Alberta

1,703

British Columbia

1,688

Manitoba

212

New Brunswick

242

Newfoundland and Labrador

206

Northwest Territories

0

Nova Scotia

212

Nunavut

0

Ontario

5,194

Prince Edward Island

74

Quebec

0

Saskatchewan

382

Yukon

0

Canadian Forces

0

CANADA

9,913

*Pharmacy technicians are not regulated in all Canadian jurisdictions at this time. This data reflects the number of pharmacy technicians who are licensed and regulated by a pharmacy regulatory authority. Pharmacy technicians in Manitoba are regulated by the College of Pharmacists of Manitoba; however, they are listed as a regulated pharmacy technician but not licensed, or included in this list.

 

Provincial and Territorial Statistics - PHARMACIES

Pharmacies* (as of January 1, 2021)

Jurisdiction Community pharmacies In-patient hospital pharmacies, if licensed by Regulatory Authority
Alberta

1,500

121

British Columbia

1,402

73

Manitoba

431

35

New Brunswick

233

13

Newfoundland and Labrador

198

17

Northwest Territories*

10

3

Nova Scotia

309

0

Nunavut*

8

1

Ontario

4,682

235
Prince Edward Island

50

0

Quebec*

1,911

0

Saskatchewan

400

0

Yukon*

0

0

Canadian Forces**

26

0

CANADA

10,860

498

* Northwest Territories, Yukon, Nunavut and Québec do not license pharmacies; figures are captured within this data for information purposes only.

**Note: Pharmacies within the Canadian Forces are licensed federally (not provincially) therefore the statistics are not part of the cumulative total included in the above table. These figures do not alter the total number of pharmacies in Canada. This data is posted for information only.