Canada facing a huge shortage of Pharmacists!

Canada is a beautiful country with plethora of opportunities. Currently Canada is facing a shortage in many professions. These professions have been listed in the Canadian Priority Occupation List (POL). In this article we are discussing the demand for pharmacists in the Canadian workforce.

Pharmacists work in pharmaceutical companies, government departments and agencies as well as in drug research. There are two main categories of pharmacists i.e. the Hospital/Community pharmacists and the Industrial pharmacists.

Community pharmacists:

  • Dispense prescribed drug dosage
  • Proper storage of pharmaceuticals
  • Offer consultative services to customers and health care providers

While industrial pharmacists:

  • Engage in research
  • Clinical trials
  • Quality control
  • Analyze risk factor of drugs
  • Promotion of drugs

The specializations under pharmacists are:

  • Clinical pharmacist
  • Community pharmacist
  • Druggist
  • Hospital pharmacist
  • Industrial pharmacist
  • Pharmacist
  • Retail pharmacist

The minimum requirements to be professionally admissible in Canada:

  • A bachelors degree in Pharmacy or related field is a must
  • Relevant training
  • Licensure required for Hospital and Community pharmacists

The compensation in this field:

The compensation is simply great on average CDN$35-45 is paid for an hour. With the hourly figure as high as CDN$57!

The employment prospects for pharmacists:

Pharmacists are listed in the 29th position of the high demand jobs in Canada. The overall demand in the nation is constant, but the following provinces and territories are experiencing more shortage than the rest.

British Columbia: This province offers good scope for pharmacists. The number of hospitals is highest in Lower Mainland Southwest, Vancouver Island and Coast Regions hence there is a rising demand for pharmaceutical services. The estimated employment this year is 4240.

Saskatchewan: Employment opportunities are particularly good in the Regina area.

Alberta: Job prospects are great in this province. With the recent changes in the Alberta health legislation, the demand for pharmacists has seen a never before rise.

Manitoba: The estimated employment this year is supposedly 1,095.

Nova Scotia: The job prospects are great in this province. Areas like Annapolis Valley, Antigonish, Pictou, Guysborough, and Cape Breton Island are experiencing an acute shortage.

New Brunswick: Areas like Campbellton, Bathurst, Caraquet, Miramichi Fredericton, Woodstock, Grand Falls, Edmundston and other local areas are experiencing particular shortage.

Ontario: Areas like Hamilton-Niagara Peninsula-Brantford Area, London-Woodstock Area and Ottawa region are particularly experiencing more shortage.

Prince Edward Island: On a general basis the province offers good scope for pharmacists.

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  1. Dear Priyanka,

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  2. i m graduate in pharma nd now i want to come in canada .m from india. is it posible or not pls tell me nd reply on my mail

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  4. I am b pharma graduate having industrial experince for more than 3 years. I am willing to work in canada.pls guide me.

  5. Hi,
    This is Abhijeet, I did my Masters in Formulation science from Greenwich University, UK and having total experience more than 4 years, out of which 2 years in Research and development from UK and currently in Technical dept more than 2 years.
    Looking for good opportunity in Canada. Please guide me if there is any chance through which i can apply for work permit.

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  7. Dear Pradeep,

    Please note that as on date Pharmaceutical professionals are not listed under the positive list of Canada Immigration.

  8. iam doctorate in pharmacognosy with m.pharm background and hav teaching experience.
    how far iam eligible for ur process of immigration and opportunities there

  9. Hello sir
    I sukhpal singh would like to know u that I have done diploma in pharmacy from pharmacy concil of india and I have 10 year expariance of govt. Job in hospital of punjab govt. I want countineu my job in abroad pls guide me
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