Purchasing a Pharmacy

Acquiring an existing pharmacy in Ontario is equivalent to opening a new pharmacy and requires issuance of a new certificate of accreditation. To be accredited, the applicant(s) and the new pharmacy must meet all of the criteria set out in the Drug and Pharmacies Regulation Act (DPRA) and its regulations.

Step 1: Submit an Application for Certificate of Accreditation as a Pharmacy

A complete application must be submitted to the College at least 30 days prior to the proposed opening date of the new pharmacy and includes:

  1. Application for Certificate of Accreditation as a Pharmacy
  2. Application fee of $1059.94 (incl. HST) – additional fees are required if the pharmacy will operate a NEW Remote Dispensing Location (RDL)
  3. A Director of a Corporation Declaration of Good Character for every pharmacist director of the operating corporation
  4. A Pharmacy Self Assessment
  5. A copy of the articles of incorporation for the operating corporation (only required if the corporation has never operated a pharmacy in Ontario)
  6. A copy of the share certificates issued for the operating corporation (only required if the corporation has never operated a pharmacy in Ontario)
  7. A signed copy of the Data License Agreement (“DLA”) (a copy of the DLA can be downloaded from your OCP member account under the “DLA” tab)
  8. A pharmacy floor plan for OCP approval labelled with the following details:
    • Total square footage of area to be accredited – if the pharmacy is part of a larger area, clearly delineate the pharmacy portion and identify how the accredited area is kept secure/physically separate from the non-accredited area
    • Total square footage of dispensary (area behind the counter)
    • Location of required two sinks in the dispensary
    • Location of acoustically private consultation area
    • Location of compounding area

Applications may be submitted by email to pharmacyapplications@ocpinfo.com, faxed to 416-847-8399 or mailed to the College to the attention of Pharmacy Applications & Renewals at 483 Huron St, Toronto, ON M5R 2R4.

IMPORTANT NOTE: The College evaluates each person who is an applicant based on the criteria set out in Part III of the Regulations under the Drug and Pharmacies Regulation Act including an assessment to determine if past and present conduct of the proposed owner(s) affords reasonable grounds for the belief that the pharmacy will be operated with decency, honesty and integrity and in accordance with the law. The College will take whatever time is necessary to complete this assessment. Application processing time varies and a pharmacy’s proposed date of opening is subject to change.

Step 2: Approval of Application and Assessment

Once a Community Operations Advisor has reviewed your application and conducted an initial assessment, the College will send notification to Ontario Drug Benefit (ODB) confirming the transaction, the new pharmacy’s accreditation number, owner information and the proposed opening date.
The initial assessment, which may be conducted in-person or remotely, will be coordinated by the Community Operations Advisor and details of the assessment criteria can be found in the
Accreditation Assessment Criteria for Community Pharmacies.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Ensure all paperwork required by Ontario Drug Benefits has been filed. ODB is not open on weekends. All new openings must occur on a weekday.

Step 3: Opening Day

On opening day, the College will contact the Director Liaison or the Designated Manager of the pharmacy to confirm that the acquisition was completed and the new pharmacy is open to the public.

Once confirmed, the pharmacy will be activated and have a profile on the College’s Find a Pharmacy or Pharmacy Professional tool. A certificate of accreditation will be sent by email to the Designated Manager of the pharmacy – display of the certificate in the pharmacy is optional.

IMPORTANT NOTE: The College will not activate the new pharmacy and the new pharmacy will not be permitted to bill third parties without confirmation.

Step 4: The Callback Assessment

A Community Operations Advisor will conduct a follow up assessment of the pharmacy 6-12 months following the opening to ensure that the operation is safe and the public is protected. For more information on the inspection process, please review the Protecting the Public section of our website.

If you have any questions about the accreditation process send an email to pharmacyapplications@ocpinfo.com or call 416-962-4861 ext. 3600