I’ve been receiving a lot of e-mails from readers interested in live and work in Canada. Then, I realized that the best way to help everybody is to answer those questions here. First of all, I am not an expert and the only information that I found was based on government and agencies websites dedicated to people interested in Canada.
Here’s an e-mail from a reader, living in Italy:
Hi, I’m an Italian pharmacist tired of living in this country where everything goes wrong. I’d like to know if my Italian degree (M.D. in Pharmacy) would be accepted by Canadian University.
The first thing that you should know is where you want to live in Canada. As I said before, each province has its own rules. As an example, in Ontario, here’s what’s necessary to work as a pharmacist:
To practice pharmacy in Ontario, you must have a Certificate of Registration (license) as a Pharmacist with the Ontario College of Pharmacists (OCP). You will need this certificate to use the title ‘Pharmacist’ and provide pharmacy services to the public in Ontario. Most pharmacists practice in a community pharmacy or in a hospital pharmacy. People with a degree in pharmacy also work in the pharmaceutical industry, education and administration. You may not need a Certificate of Registration for some of these positions. Check with individual employers to see whether a Certificate of Registration is required. In any case, a Certificate of Registration as a Pharmacist gives you a much better chance of getting work in your profession.
If you’re planning to work as a pharmacist in Ontario, learn more using the website: Access to the Pharmacy Profession in Ontario.