Have you wondered where all the companies in pharmaceutical and biotech industries are in Canada, and what is happening in the industry?
Here you go. Just for you a compendium of industry directories in Canada, the most commonly used job boards for opportunities, professional associations and professional development, and additional resources. Whether you are thinking of career in the industry, have recently graduated from related post-secondary studies or an experienced professional who has moved to Canada; getting the big picture of what types of business are where, how to connect to people and jobs in the industry can help you more effectively plan for and find your place in the pharmaceutical industry in Canada.
Company and Industry Directories
When planning for work, we need to know where the organizations that we could work in are located. As with every business sector in Canada, there are concentrations of pharmaceutical organizations in specific regions of Canada. Find out where they are to place for where to live.
- Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing: searchable directory of pharmaceutical and medicine manufacturing companies across Canada.
- Canadian Institutes for Health Research: government funded institutions across Canada.
- BioPharmGuy: (Ontario) biotech, pharmaceutical and life sciences companies
- BioPharmGuy (Quebec): Quebec biotech, pharmaceutical and life sciences companies
- The Lab Rat: list of companies across Ontario with a short summary of each
- Toronto.net: list of Toronto pharmaceutical companies
- Core Life Sciences Companies Mississauga: pdf map and listing of companies in Mississauga
According to Innovative Medicine, Canadian pharmaceutical companies contribute 3.8 billion dollars annually to the Canadian economy, and provide 40,000+ high quality jobs. We can first look with the big picture of this business in Canada, then zoom in to provinces and smaller regions in the country.
The Canadian Encyclopedia: Pharmaceuticals in Canada chronicles the history of the industry, and it’s development and issues. Canada’s pharmaceutical industry and prospects, provided by the federal government’s Industry Canada, includes trends from the last 10 years.
Refer to the Innovative Medicines Canada (IMC) for the big picture of jobs, economic impact, and research and development of the pharmaceutical industry in Canada. See IMC’s infographics or further details of industry by province.
For an understanding of the sector and key players in it in Ontario, check
Pharma Industry in Ontario and the University of Toronto: Pharmaceutical Research & Manufacturing in Ontario Sector Analysis
Greater Toronto Area
Overview of the Mississauga: A Leading Bio Cluster
Investment Quebec: life-sciences lists companies in pharmaceuticals, health biotechnology,contract research, manufacturing or medical technology,
Quebec City International: Life Science sheds light on the sector in Quebec City.
Jobs in the Sector
As for jobs in the sector, the following websites have job listing for many companies in the industry, however some companies may only post jobs on their own websites.
There a couple of websites specialized in jobs in the sector as listed below, however they have far fewer jobs than the sites listed above.
- pharmajob: jobs from the pharmaceutical and biotech sector;
- Biotalent Canada: The PetriDish: biotech jobs, most in the province of British Columbia.
- JobWatch: The source for clinical research jobs and career resources
Professional, Industry and Research Associations
Find professional, organizations and what is current through the following:
- Canadian Association of Professionals in Regulatory Affairs
- International Society of Pharmaceutical Engineering; Canadian Affiliate
- Canadian Chapter of the Controlled Release Society
- Clinical Research Association of Canada
- Innovative Medicines Canada
- Biotech Canada: 200+ members located nation wide, reflecting the diverse nature of Canada’s health, industrial and agricultural biotechnology sectors
Opportunities are continuous learning are here for all professionals in the sector.
For sales professionals, Council for Continuing Pharmaceutical Education (CCPE) accreditation has been achieved by 95% of Canadian pharmaceutical representatives. This excerpt from Canadian Pharmaceutical Marketing, outlines the accreditation process for pharmaceutical sales representatives.
For business intelligence, government affairs, public relations, clinical research, marketing, regulatory affairs, customer service, medical information, medical liaison; and CHE, product, sales and training managers, Council for Continuing Pharmaceutical Education other professions in the industry.