The College of Pharmacists of Manitoba will accept the first five complete applications for registration and licensure from international pharmacy graduates every month. Applications must include supporting documents. Other applications they receive will be placed in a queue in the order in which they were received. Each month, the next five applications in the queue will be reviewed and assessed.
Enrolment in Pharmacists’ Gateway Canada
PEBC Document Evaluation
PEBC Evaluating Examination
PEBC Qualifying Examination
MCQ = $815*
OSCE = $1,835*
English or French Language Proficiency Requirement
Application to CPhM
Structured Practical Training
Licensure / Registration
* Fee is per attempt. Up to four attempts are permitted.
** Total may differ, depending on the number of attempts made to pass the PEBC Evaluation Examination and/or the PEBC Qualifying Examinations.
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.
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.