Where Canada’s pharmacists work.

There are more than 41,000 pharmacists in Canada, and over 27,000 are working in community pharmacies. Canada has 10,400 community pharmacies located close to home in each and every community across the country.

%

Work in hospitals

%

Work in industry, government, and academia

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Work in community pharmacies

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

84% of Canadians agree that allowing pharmacists to do more for patients will improve health outcomes

Pharmacy across Canada.

Community Pharmacies

Pharmacists

Pharmacy Technicians

 

Alberta

1,318

Community Pharmacies

5,404

Pharmacists

1,456

Pharmacy Technicians

British Columbia

1,351

Community Pharmacies

6,063

Pharmacists

1,492

Pharmacy Technicians

Manitoba

406

Community Pharmacies

1,518

Pharmacists

N/A

Pharmacy Technicians

New Brunswick

230

Community Pharmacies

884

Pharmacists

81

Pharmacy Technicians

Newfoundland & Labrador

195

Community Pharmacies

724

Pharmacists

139

Pharmacy Technicians

Northwest Territories

10

Community Pharmacies

57

Pharmacists

N/A

Pharmacy Technicians

Nova Scotia

305

Community Pharmacies

1,314

Pharmacists

198

Pharmacy Technicians

Nunavut

7

Community Pharmacies

10

Pharmacists

N/A

Pharmacy Technicians

Ontario

4,327

Community Pharmacies

14,618

Pharmacists

4,597

Pharmacy Technicians

Prince Edward Island

48

Community Pharmacies

194

Pharmacists

79

Pharmacy Technicians

Quebec

1,901

Community Pharmacies

9,161

Pharmacists

N/A

Pharmacy Technicians

Saskatchewan

365

Community Pharmacies

1,662

Pharmacists

195

Pharmacy Technicians

Yukon

N/A

Community Pharmacies

53

Pharmacists

N/A

Pharmacy Technicians

85% 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.

  • 93% of Canadians have a positive impression of pharmacists, more than doctors, teachers, military officers, or police officers
  • Almost all Canadians (93%) believe pharmacists play an essential or important role in Canada’s health care system
  • Most Canadians trust pharmacists to provide advice on medicines (96%), management of common ailments (93%), healthy lifestyle changes (90%), management of chronic health conditions (90%), and vaccinations (87%)

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