The University of Ottawa is launching the first-ever French-language undergraduate Doctor of Pharmacy program outside of Quebec.
The school hopes the program will help to bolster training for French-speaking pharmacy students across Canada.
As of right now, only two universities in Quebec offer a French-speaking pharmacy program out of the ten programs in the country.
"The training of Francophone and Francophile pharmacists not only addresses the current shortage of health care professionals that is severely affecting Francophone communities, but also makes the profession accessible to the Francophone minority across the country," uOttawa's Vice-President, International and Francophonie, Sanni Yaya said. "I am delighted with the creation of this program, which will enrich and diversify the University of Ottawa's French-language program offerings."
The new uOttawa pharmacy program will be located in the redesigned Roger Guindon Hall and the future advanced medical research centre.
The four-year program is expected to begin accepting students in the fall of 2023.