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Pharmacy Examining Board of Canada (for Pharmacists)

The Pharmacy Examining Board of Canada (PEBC) is the national certification body for pharmacists. You will need to get a PEBC certification before you can work as a pharmacist in Canada

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If pharmacy is your main occupation and you are looking to immigrate to Canada through the Express Entry system, you will have to get your Educational Credential Assessment (ECA) report through the Pharmacy Examining Board of Canada (PEBC).

The PEBC certifies the qualifications of -

  • Pharmacy technicians, and
  • Pharmacists.

What is the Pharmacy Examining Board of Canada (PEBC)?

Based in Toronto, the Pharmacy Examining Board of Canada (PEBC) is a non-profit organization and the national certification body for pharmacists. With 50+ years of experience, the PEBC assesses the qualifications and competence of candidates for being licensed by the provincial regulatory authorities in pharmacy occupations.

The PEBC contributes to the health and wellness of Canadians through providing excellence and leadership in the assessment of individuals for the pharmacy profession.

Internationally recognized as a leader in the competency assessment of pharmacists, the PEBC makes a significant contribution to the profession of pharmacy.

What is the role of the Pharmacy Examining Board of Canada?

The PEBC has a key role to play in ensuring the safe and effective delivery of progressive health care in Canada.

Assessment of qualifications by the PEBC are provided for those entering to practice, along with those seeking to re-enter the profession of pharmacists in Canada. The continuing competence of an individual to remain in the profession is also established by the PEBC.

The PEBC provides a comprehensive - as well as relevant - assessment process for pharmacists to serve as a basis for establishing a national licensing standard

The Educational Credential Assessment (ECA) report for immigration purposes for an Express Entry candidate with ‘pharmacy’ as their main occupation will also be obtained through the PEBC.

Why do I need to be certified by the Pharmacy Examining Board of Canada?

Those intending to immigrate to Canada and work as pharmacists will have to secure a PEBC Certificate of Qualification for pharmacists. This will be needed as per the licensing requirements for entry-to-practise applicants and must be secured by the applicant irrespective of whether they are trained in Canada or overseas.

As pharmacists jobs come under regulated occupations in Canada, all Canadian provinces, with the exception of Quebec, have the licensing requirement in place.

The PEBC follows a comprehensive certification process, thereby ensuring that pharmacy technicians and pharmacists entering the profession have the required abilities, skills, and knowledge to safely and effectively practise pharmacy in Canada.

The quality of individuals entering the profession is an important factor to ensure the delivery of safe and effective health care to Canadians.

Who is considered to be a pharmacist in Canada?

As per Canada’s National Occupational Classification (NOC) code, a pharmacist is someone who gives prescribed medications and provides consultative services, to individuals as well as health care providers.

A pharmacist might either be employed in pharmacies (retail or in a hospital), or be self-employed. Industrial pharmacists, on the other hand, participate in the research, development, manufacture, and promotion of pharmaceutical products.

Pharmacists have their occupation code as NOC 3131 in the Canadian labour market. Job titles that come under the occupation of pharmacists are -

  • Pharmacist
  • Druggist
  • Retail pharmacist
  • Hospital pharmacist
  • Clinical pharmacist
  • Pharmacist consultant
  • Registered pharmacist
  • Community pharmacist
  • Intern pharmacist
  • Dispensary department supervisor - hospital
  • Drug information pharmacist
  • Industrial pharmacist
  • Health care institution pharmacist
  • Hospital druggist

Exclusions, that is, occupation that don't come under the occupation of pharmacists include - chemists (NOC 2112), Pharmacy technicians (NOC 3219), Pharmacy and drugstore managers (NOC 0621), Pharmacy aides (NOC 3414), Pharmacologists (NOC 2121), Chiefs of pharmacy and pharmacy directors (NOC 0311), and Pharmaceutical sales representatives (NOC 6221).

What are the provincial licensing authorities for pharmacists in Canada?

You will need a bachelor of science degree in pharmacy to work in Canada as a pharmacist. Practical training under the supervision of a pharmacist will also be required.

All of the 10 provinces and three territories in Canada require an individual to be duly licensed by their own licensing authority before allowing an individual to practise as a pharmacist in that province/territory.

Provinces and their licensing authorities for pharmacists

If you intend working in Canada as a pharmacist and require a license to practice, you will have to get an assessment done by the Pharmacy Examining Board of Canada.

You would need a license if caring for patients in a hospital pharmacy, community pharmacy, long-term care facility, or other practice settings.

If you would be working in Canada in a position that does not require a license, you can get an assessment through any of the designated organizations - WES, ICAS, ICES, or IQAS - instead. A PEBC assessment will not be required in that situation.

For instance, no licensing is needed to work in the pharmaceutical industry where you might need a pharmacy job, but as such don't require a license to practise pharmacy.

What is the PEBC Certification Process for International Pharmacy graduates?

An individual that received their pharmacy degree from outside of Canada or the US will have to acquire PEBC certification before they can work as pharmacist in Canada.

Before you begin the certification process, you will have to register on the Pharmacists’ Gateway Canada. Once you have successfully been registered, you will be issued a National Identifier Number.

The three-step process to get a PEBC pharmacist certification -

Why do I need an ECA report from the PEBC?

An Educational Credential Assessment (ECA) for immigration purposes might be required if you are applying for Canadian permanent residence through the Express Entry system.

Three programs come under Canada’s Express Entry. You will need an ECA for immigration purposes if applying under the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP), or the Canadian Experience Class (CEC).

An ECA from the PEBC will be needed if an individual is applying under the FSWP or CEC of Express Entry wIth ‘pharmacist’ as their main occupation.

Why do I need an ECA report from the Pharmacy Examining Board of Canada?

Document Evaluation must be completed before you can submit an application for the ECA Report. The evaluation of your documents will establish if your undergraduate degree is the equivalent of the basic education requirement to work as a pharmacist in Canada.

The ECA Report application will be added to your Portal account after the evaluation.

What is the PEBC fee schedule for pharmacists?

The amount that you can expect to pay is given below. All fees are in Canadian dollars.



Document Evaluation


ECA Report Request


Evaluating Examination


Qualifying Examination - Part I (MCQ)


Qualifying Examination - Part II (OSCE)


After the submission of the required documentation, the PEBC will take up to 8 weeks to complete the document evaluation. An ECA Report can be requested only after the evaluation of the documents has been completed.

The PEBC is the road to licensure for individuals looking to live and work in Canada as a pharmacist. Nevertheless, a proper certification by the relevant provincial and territorial government will be required before you can practice within that province/territory as a pharmacist.

The Pharmacy Examining Board of Canada is the first step in your journey to immigrate to Canada as a pharmacist.

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