Pharmacist advising a patient.

Pharmacy in Manitoba

In Manitoba, pharmacy has a broader scope of practice compared to many other countries. Strong communication skills and keen attention to detail are essential, as pharmacists are the drug therapy experts of the health care system.

Patient care is at the center of pharmacy practice, requiring pharmacists to regularly interact with the public and/or other health professionals. In some cases, pharmacists are authorized to prescribe medication and manage the drug treatment plan with patients, though this differs regionally across the country.

Between 2011 and 2021, 525 out of 612 (86%) internationally educated pharmacy applicants who successfully passed the PEBC Evaluating and Qualifying exams became registered in the profession. The average time to registration was 4.4 years. This data does not include applicants who were unsuccessful in obtaining PEBC certification."

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    Average time to registration

    4.4 years

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    Approximate costs


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    Successful registrants


How to register for practice

  • First step

    The steps to register in Manitoba are found on the College of Pharmacists of Manitoba (CPhM) website.

    Graduates from outside of Canada must first enroll in the Pharmacists’ Gateway to establish a profile that will track their progress towards registration. 

    You must then register with the Pharmacy Examining Board of Canada (PEBC) and complete:

    • Document evaluation
    • Evaluating and qualifying exams 
    • Language proficiency assessment

    The language proficiency assessment can be done at any time, but must be current within two years of applying to CPhM.

  • Next steps

    Once you have completed the PEBC and language assessments, there are five more steps to complete through the CPhM to be registered as a pharmacist.

    1. Gather all necessary documentation 
    2. Submit your required documents to CPhM
    3. Complete the 600-hour internship 
    4. Pass the jurisprudence exam (can be taken after 200 internship hours)
    5. Final processing of your application and registration with CPhM 

    If you have further questions about the registration process, contact either the CPhM or the Access Hub and we can help to direct you to the appropriate organization and/or resources.


The approximate cost for document review, assessment and examination is close to $5,500, including one attempt at each of the two exams.

If you need to take the exam more than once to pass, costs can rise above $10,000.

Fees do not include:

  • study materials
  • exam prep courses
  • any documents you may require
  • any applicable taxes

Fee breakdown

All figures are listed in Canadian dollars.

Assessment and registration components Fee (approximate as of 2022)
Document evaluation $685
Evaluating exam $880
Qualifying exam - Part I (MCQ) $825
Qualifying exam - Part II (OSCE) $1,855
Jurisprudence exam $200
Initial registration $770
Total $5,100 to $12,735+

Contact us

Looking for help or need more information? Please contact us!

IEHP Access Hub
University of Manitoba (Bannatyne campus)
Winnipeg, Manitoba  R3E 3P5

We are working remotely and do not currently have a physical space on campus. For all inquiries, please reach out by phone or email.