July 30, 2020 — Pharmacists are taking on expanded roles and are increasingly being recognized as the medication management experts of the health care team. Last year, there were more than 43,000 pharmacists licensed to practise in Canada. Learn more about the supply, education, employment and distribution of pharmacists across the country.

Note: The following data and findings reflect the most recent information available from the 2019 data cycle before the COVID-19 pandemic.

Key findings

  • In 2019, there were 43,744 pharmacists licensed to practice in Canada.
  • 1 out of 3 pharmacists (33%) was internationally educated, ranging from a high of 47% in Ontario to a low of 5% (or less) in the Atlantic provinces.
  • Between 2014 and 2019, the supply of pharmacists increased by about 15%.

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Explore information on Canada’s supply of pharmacists in 2019 in this map.

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Data tables

Explore more detailed information on the supply, employment and demographic trends of Canada’s pharmacists.

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