Licensure Requirements

Province

Requirement

Time (Months)

Cost

Enrolment in Pharmacists’ Gateway Canada

$340 CAD (plus tax, if applicable)

PEBC Document Evaluation

2

$675 CAD

PEBC Evaluating Examination

4

$870 CAD*

PEBC Qualifying Examination

4.5

MCQ =
$815 CAD*

OSCE =
$1835 CAD*

Total =
$2650 CAD*

English Language Proficiency Requirement

Application to ACP

$561 CAD (plus tax)

Structured Practical Training

6

Jurisprudence Examination

$156

Licensure / Registration

$841 CAD per year

* fee is per attempt, up to four attempts permitted
** Total may differ, depending on the number of attempts made to pass the PEBC Evaluation Examination and/or the PEBC Qualifying Examinations

Financial Information

International pharmacy graduates (IPGs) who want to work as a pharmacist in Canada should be aware of the various fees and costs for each stage of the licensure process. Fees are charged for such things as enrolment in the Gateway, Document Evaluation, examinations, registration for internships and other components.

If you need to take additional training and education to qualify for a Canadian licence, you will also need to plan and budget for those additional costs.

Costs of Licensure

International pharmacy graduates often underestimate of the costs associated with obtaining a licence to practise in Canada. IPGs will need to submit fees to separate organizations at different times throughout the process, such as when enrolling in the Gateway, registering to write exams and applying for their final licence.

Costs will differ for each province and territory. See other the other provinces to learn about their specific fees.

You should also think about the costs of living in Canada while you progress through the licensure process.

Other Extra Costs

The process to licensure can incur additional unexpected costs that are important to keep in mind.

  • Additional education: Candidates may choose to complete additional training to improve their knowledge and skills in pharmacy and language. This can be in the form of registering for a course, hiring a tutor, or purchasing online tools or books.
  • Travel costs to examination centres: Candidates living outside of major Canadian cities must account for travel costs when scheduling an examination. This may include accommodations (i.e., hotel).
  • Immigration: Immigration is an expensive process. Please review the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) website for further details.
  • Living costs: The cost of living will vary across Canada.

Financing Resources

Some financing options may also be available for candidates wishing to take a Bridging Program, in the form of short-term loans from a Canadian banking institution such as Scotiabank.

The Windmill Microlending provides microloans to immigrants to help them pay for the costs of obtaining the licensing or training they require to work in their field in Canada.

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