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Ontario College of Pharmacists

The Ontario College of Pharmacists (OCP) is the governing body for pharmacists in Ontario. The Office of the Fairness Commissioner (OFC) oversees the registration practices of the college to ensure that they are transparent, objective, impartial and fair for anyone who wants to practise as a pharmacist in this province.

Registration Practices Assessment Report

(Pharmacists, 2014) (Pharmacy Technicians, 2014)

Reports / Applications

2014

Fair Registration Practices (FRP) Report, 2014 (Pharmacists)

Fair Registration Practices (FRP) Report, 2014 (Pharmacy Technicians)

Applications to Practise as Pharmacists Processed by the OCP in 2014
Jan. 1 to Dec. 31 Jurisdiction Where Applicants Received Their Training Total
Ontario Other Canadian Provinces USA Other International Unknown
New applications received25869365110874
Applicants who became members33757414330868
Applications to Practise as Pharmacy Technicians Processed by the OCP in 2014
Jan. 1 to Dec. 31 Jurisdiction Where Applicants Received Their Training Total
Ontario Other Canadian Provinces USA Other International Unknown
New applications received6282010631
Applicants who became members1,11560001,121

2013

Fair Registration Practices (FRP) Report, 2013 (Pharmacists)

Fair Registration Practices (FRP) Report, 2013 (Pharmacy Technicians)

Applications to Practise as Pharmacists Processed by the OCP in 2013
Jan. 1 to Dec. 31 Jurisdiction Where Applicants Received Their Training Total
Ontario Other Canadian Provinces USA Other International Unknown
New applications received33936183050698
Applicants who became members32851413280748
Applications to Practise as Pharmacy Technicians Processed by the OCP in 2013
Jan. 1 to Dec. 31 Jurisdiction Where Applicants Received Their Training Total
Ontario Other Canadian Provinces USA Other International Unknown
New applications received1,23100001,231
Applicants who became members8030000803

2012

Fair Registration Practices (FRP) Report, 2012 (Pharmacists)

Fair Registration Practices (FRP) Report, 2012 (Pharmacy Technicians)

Applications to Practise as Pharmacists Processed by the OCP in 2012
Jan. 1 to Dec. 31 Jurisdiction Where Applicants Received Their Training Total
Ontario Other Canadian Provinces USA Other International Unknown
New applications received34040101250515
Applicants who became members25671513790757
Applications to Practise as Pharmacy Technicians Processed by the OCP in 2012
Jan. 1 to Dec. 31 Jurisdiction Where Applicants Received Their Training Total
Ontario Other Canadian Provinces USA Other International Unknown
New applications received6100000610
Applicants who became members6000000600

2011

Fair Registration Practices (FRP) Report, 2011 (Pharmacists)

Fair Registration Practices (FRP) Report, 2011 (Pharmacy Technicians)

Registration Practices Assessment Report — Summary (Pharmacists)

Registration Practices Assessment Report — Summary (Pharmacy Technicians)

Applications to Practise as Pharmacists Processed by the OCP in 2011
Jan. 1 to Dec. 31 Jurisdiction Where Applicants Received Their Training Total
Ontario Other Canadian Provinces USA Other International Unknown
New applications received33158342890712
Applicants who became members25370473590729
Applications to Practise as Pharmacy Technicians Processed by the OCP in 2011
Jan. 1 to Dec. 31 Jurisdiction Where Applicants Received Their Training Total
Ontario Other Canadian Provinces USA Other International Unknown
New applications received1760000176
Applicants who became members3160000316

2010

Fair Registration Practices (FRP) Report, 2010 (Pharmacists)

Fair Registration Practices (FRP) Report, 2010 (Pharmacy Technicians)

Audit Report

For a description of all OFC-monitored developments for this profession for 2010, see the 2009-2010 Annual Report.

Applications to Practise as Pharmacists Processed by the OCP in 2010
Jan. 1 to Dec. 31 Jurisdiction Where Applicants Received Their Training Total
Ontario Other Canadian Provinces USA Other International Unknown
New applications received11566413560578
Applicants who became members20278373670684
Applications to Practise as Pharmacy Technicians Processed by the OCP in 2010
Jan. 1 to Dec. 31 Jurisdiction Where Applicants Received Their Training Total
Ontario Other Canadian Provinces USA Other International Unknown
New applications received1640000164
Applicants who became members1090000109

2009

Fair Registration Practices (FRP) Report, 2009

For a description of all OFC-monitored developments for this profession for 2009, see the 2009-2010 Annual Report.

Applications to Practise Processed by the OCP in 2009
Jan. 1 to Dec. 31 Jurisdiction Where Applicants Received Their Training Total
Ontario Other Canadian Provinces USA Other International Unknown
New applications received45276233540905
Applicants who became members22181432950640

2008

Fair Registration Practices (FRP) Report, 2008

The OCP developed a new regulation in the summer of 2008 and invited the OFC to comment on it. The OFC noted the OCP's efforts, in the new regulation, to clarify the criteria used to assess applicants' language proficiency and to determine applicants' suitability to practise. The OFC also supported the steps the OCP is taking to make the practical training requirement more flexible, so that the experience applicants have acquired prior to applying for registration is better taken into account.

However, the OFC expressed concerns about an OCP proposal to require international pharmacy graduates (IPGs) to take bridging programs approved by the OCP's council, because the cost of the program is likely to create a hardship for IPGs and the proposal does not include an offer of financial assistance. As of March 31, 2009, after several discussions with the OFC, the OCP was exploring alternatives to this proposal.

Applications to Practise Processed by the OCP in 2008
Jan. 1 to Dec. 31 Jurisdiction Where Applicants Received Their Training Total
Ontario Other Canadian Provinces USA Other International Unknown
New applications received32780352850727
Applicants who became members20086382550579

2007


During the fall and winter of 2007-2008, the OFC undertook a study of the OCP to understand its 2007 registration practices and establish baseline data and information. PDF

Exemplary Practices

The OFC gathers regulatory bodies' exemplary licensing practices so that they may learn from one another. Practices for the Ontario College of Pharmacists are listed below.

  1. Offering an alternative to a mandatory bridging program

    This practice helps regulators streamline the ways...

  2. Offering options to meet language requirements

    This practice provides alternatives to standardized...

  3. Offering resources about practical training

    This practice will interest regulators who assess practical...

  4. Providing comprehensive information on timing and fees for registration

    This practice will interest regulators who wish to...


Quick Facts

PharmacistsPharmacy Technicians
Number of Pharmacists / Pharmacy Technicians14,4312,927
Number of Internationally Trained Pharmacists / Pharmacy Technicians6,2150

You may find information about exam requirements and Canadian work experience requirements elsewhere on this site.


Location of Training, 2014

PharmacistsPharmacy Technicians
Ontario6,3602,921
Other Canadian Provinces1,8566
USA1,0200
Other International5,1950
Unknown00
Total14,4312,927
Proportion of Internationally Trained Members (includes USA)43%0%

The Top Five Source Countries For Internationally Trained Pharmacists, 2014

Largest NumberEgypt
Second Largest NumberIndia
Third Largest NumberU.K.
Fourth Largest NumberU.S.
Fifth Largest NumberPakistan
Number of Applicants585

The Ontario College of Pharmacists falls under the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care. The OFC does not assess credentials, handle complaints or intervene in particular cases. Our mandate is one of systemic change. Please contact the OCP for further information about your ability to practise as a pharmacist in Ontario.