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coming to canada iconCOMING TO CANADA

Canadians consider pharmacists to be one of the most trusted professions in the country. Your skill and knowledge will be valued by your patients and colleagues and they will rely on you for professional advice and medication expertise.

However, during your transition to living and working in Canada, you will need to be aware of how life may be different here than in your current location and how to prepare for those new realities.

You may discover that the work environment in a typical Canadian pharmacy practice environment is very different than your previous experience. As well, you may need some time or guidance to adapt to Canadian society and culture.

Depending on where you decide to settle in Canada, you may find that some living expenses—such as rental costs or home purchase prices, food and clothing, transportation—may be higher compared to where you have lived previously.

This section will provide you with basic information to help you understand some of the practical aspects of working and living in Canada. It will also provide links to organizations which assist immigrants with the settlement process and which provide programming and support for immigrants and their families.

If you decide to move to Canada to work as a pharmacist, you must also apply to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada to be granted permission to enter and remain in the country. After you have spent some time in Canada, you may decide to apply for permanent residency or even Canadian citizenship. Review all of your options for living in Canada (
citizenship, permanent residency, or a work or study permit).

You may want to contact an organization that helps immigrants settle in Canada and lean about living costs in Canada.