Did you know?

In addition to being an expert in medication, your pharmacist is also a business person.

An owner-pharmacist

In Quebec, unlike in the rest of North America, you must be a pharmacist to own a pharmacy. This means that your pharmacist has to think like both a pharmacist and a private business owner.

Like all entrepreneurs, owner-pharmacists have to manage their business and the bottom line. They invest time and money to offer quality care, services and products to the people in their community.

A major investment

Pharmacists need to invest $1 to $1.5 million to open a pharmacy, or $3 to $5 million to acquire an existing pharmacy.

A shinning example of an sme

Through the hard work of Quebec pharmacists, pharmacies have become an SME business model cherished by Quebecers.

And rightly so! Pharmacies are important contributors to the economy: with an average of 24 employees each, Quebec pharmacies together employ 40,000 people—that’s more than Hydro-Québec!

40 000 jobs in Quebec
Contribution to the economy over
$1.2 billion

A pharmacist, first and foremost

That said, your pharmacist is first and foremost a health professional: medications represent the bulk of pharmacy sales, at 74%, while other products make up only 26% of sales.

Les pharmaciens propriétaires se font un point d’honneur de prendre soin de votre santé, tout en créant des emplois et en contribuant à l’économie d’ici.