International Pharmacy Graduates (IPGs) regardless of education, licensure or experience must obtain a license to practice their profession in Canada. Each province or territory has its own licensing organization that sets the requirements and regulates the practice of the pharmacy profession within the jurisdiction. Nova Scotia College of Pharmacists is the regulatory body for pharmacy practice in Nova Scotia.
Pathway to Licensure
Pharmacists’ Gateway Canada provides licensing information, self-assessment tools and a centralized document repository for International Pharmacy Graduates:
- Pharmacists Gateway Canada
- What are the Steps to Licensure
- Obtaining a License
- What are the Steps to Enroll
- Employment Counselling
- Communication for Healthcare Professionals
- Job Search workshops on-site and online
- Professional Mentors
- Practice Interviews
- Career Pathways Loan Fund
- IELTS Preparation
The International Pharmacy Graduates (IPGs) Bridging Program at ISANS assists IPG’s with understanding and meeting standards of practice in Canada and achieving professional goals such as licensure and employment.For more information and program details please visit the IPG Bridging Program page.
Onsite and Online Resources
ISANS has a library of textbooks and reference books that IPG’s can borrow.
There is also a reference lists of PowerPoint presentations and websites that can be accessed through ISANS online learning community.To be referred to the IPG Bridging Program, please contact your employment specialist.
- You can help an International Pharmacy Graduate to become licensed in Nova Scotia Mohja Alia, PANS – November 2011
- The International Pharmacy Graduates (IPG) Multi-stakeholder Work Group: A collaborative approach to welcoming and integrating new colleagues into the Pharmacy Profession Jan Sheppard Kutcher, PANS – February 2011
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