Advocating for excellence in practice and care
The Ontario Pharmacists Association is the largest advocacy organization, continuing education, and drug information provider for pharmacy professionals in Canada.
We are dedicated to working on behalf of patients, pharmacists, pharmacy students, and pharmacy technicians across the province to evolve the practice of pharmacy and advocate for the highest standards of professional excellence and fair compensation.
We believe that by leveraging the unique expertise of pharmacy professionals, by enabling them to practice to their fullest potential, and by making them more accessible to all Ontarians, we will improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the province’s healthcare system.
We enable and inspire our members and the profession by evolving the practice of pharmacy, advocating for professional excellence, and providing the innovative tools, education and services needed to deliver high quality patient-focused care.
We envision a province with a collaborative healthcare system, where all Ontarians trust, utilize and support the role of pharmacists and pharmacy services as integral parts of their everyday health and wellness.
Membership and structure
Our membership includes more than 9,500 pharmacists, pharmacy students, and pharmacy technicians working in a variety of settings and roles. We also have more than 2,700 drug information subscribers and close to 2,500 continuing education participants each year.
Incorporated in 1966, our organization is governed by a Board of Directors elected by pharmacy professionals from five districts across the province, and includes representatives from hospitals and community pharmacies, as well as pharmacy students from all pharmacy schools in Ontario.
Support for health professionals
The Ontario Pharmacists Association is proud of the profession and the work we do to support it. Our staff and members are inspired to help pharmacists improve health care for their patients and to ensure the profession of pharmacy continues to evolve.
We provide leadership and support in a number of ways to enable pharmacists and other health professionals to deliver the best possible care to patients and ensure excellence in our profession. These include:
- Professional development programs
- Drug information
- Standards of practice
- Insurance programs
- Patient education tools
- Research and advocacy activities
The Association is committed to building collaborative and productive working relationships with the Ontario government, the Ontario College of Pharmacists and other health agencies to achieve our goals.