Where Canada’s pharmacists work.

There are more than 42,500 pharmacists in Canada, and over 27,000 are working in community pharmacies. Canada has 10,500 community pharmacies located close to home in each and every community across the country.

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Work in hospitals

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Work in industry, government, and academia

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Work in community pharmacies

*About 5% work in team-based models of primary care

82% of Canadians agree that allowing pharmacists to do more for patients will improve health outcomes

Pharmacy across Canada.

Community Pharmacies

Pharmacists

Pharmacy Technicians

 

Alberta

1,382

Community Pharmacies

5,443

Pharmacists

1,512

Pharmacy Technicians

British Columbia

1,358

Community Pharmacies

6,260

Pharmacists

1,567

Pharmacy Technicians

Manitoba

411

Community Pharmacies

1,540

Pharmacists

102

Pharmacy Technicians

New Brunswick

233

Community Pharmacies

879

Pharmacists

136

Pharmacy Technicians

Newfoundland & Labrador

195

Community Pharmacies

726

Pharmacists

174

Pharmacy Technicians

Northwest Territories

10

Community Pharmacies

59

Pharmacists

N/A

Pharmacy Technicians

Nova Scotia

307

Community Pharmacies

1,308

Pharmacists

180

Pharmacy Technicians

Nunavut

8

Community Pharmacies

9

Pharmacists

N/A

Pharmacy Technicians

Ontario

4,446

Community Pharmacies

15,055

Pharmacists

4,841

Pharmacy Technicians

Prince Edward Island

50

Community Pharmacies

195

Pharmacists

77

Pharmacy Technicians

Quebec

1,911

Community Pharmacies

9,283

Pharmacists

N/A

Pharmacy Technicians

Saskatchewan

370

Community Pharmacies

1,713

Pharmacists

275

Pharmacy Technicians

Yukon

N/A

Community Pharmacies

53

Pharmacists

N/A

Pharmacy Technicians

82% of Canadians agree that expanding pharmacists’ role will reduce health care costs

Did you know

Patients see their community pharmacists up to 10 times more frequently than they see family physicians

The entire pharmacy sector employs 163,400 Canadians

Pharmacists must complete at least four to five years of university-level pharmacy education before registering to become a pharmacist

There are 10 Faculties of Pharmacy in Canada

Pharmacists are highly trusted:

Pharmacists consistently rank as one of the most trusted professions in Canada, and Canadians see their pharmacist more often than any other health care professional.

  • 96% of Canadians have a positive impression of pharmacists, more than doctors, teachers, military officers, or police officers
  • Almost all Canadians (94%) believe pharmacists play an essential or important role in Canada’s health care system
  • Most Canadians trust pharmacists to provide advice on medicines (95%), management of common ailments (94%), healthy lifestyle changes (93%), management of chronic health conditions (89%), and vaccinations (90%)