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Pharmacy Technician

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Type of employment: 
$83,182 to $94,427 per year, 37.5 hour/week
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Closing Date: 
Friday, September 30, 2022 - 11:59am

This employment opportunity is open to all applicants.

The Government of Nunavut was selected as one of Canada’s Top Employers for Young People and recent graduates in 2021.  With one of the fastest growing and youngest populations in Canada, Nunavut is a dynamic, vibrant territory, committed to becoming an even better place for future generations.  As a government, we are strengthening our unique model of governance - one that integrates Inuit societal values, promotes use of the Inuktut language, achieves a representative public service, and collaborates with partners to achieve the promise of Nunavut. Successful applicants will enjoy a competitive salary, medical and dental benefits, a defined benefit pension plan, relocation privileges and opportunities for training and career advancement.

Reporting to the Territorial Drug Distribution Supervisor, the Pharmacy Technician works in collaboration with other health care professionals, performs activities related to medication management at the Qikiqtani General Hospital by collecting and processing prescriptions and other medications orders, preparing, dispensing, and distributing medications. The Pharmacy Technician, working with the boundaries of the legal scope of practice, is quick thinking, can incorporate knowledge of pharmacy law and Nunavut health protocols, with sharp problem-solving skills to improvise suitable alternative solutions within critical time limits to avoid disruptions in medication service delivery. Having a broad scope of practice and responsibilities unique to Nunavut, the Technician must be absolutely accurate in checking the work of the other Pharmacy Technicians/Assistants. Other duties of the position include maintaining appropriate medication stock in pharmacy and on nursing units by checking and replenishing stock. As well standby/on-call is required so that medications are accessible 24 hours a day 7 days a week. There may be opportunity to also provide pharmacy technician coverage at the Rankin Inlet or Cambridge Bay regional pharmacy sites.

The knowledge, skills, and abilities required for this job are usually obtained through graduation of an accredited Pharmacy Technician program. The incumbent must also have successfully completed the Pharmacy Examining Board of Canada (PEBC) Qualifying Exam and registration with a provincial or territorial College of Pharmacy is necessary. Two (2) years of hospital pharmacy experience is also required. This is a Highly Sensitive Position and a satisfactory Criminal Record Check, along with a clear Vulnerable Sector Check is required.

The Official Languages of Nunavut are Inuktut, English and French. Applicants may submit their resume in any of the official languages of Nunavut. Fluency in more than one of Nunavut’s official languages would be considered an asset. Knowledge of Inuit communities, culture, land, Inuit Qaujimajatuqangit, Inuktut and experience working in a northern cross-cultural environment are also considered assets.

Acceptable combinations of education and experience may be considered for this position. We encourage you to apply if you have equivalent years of education and/or experience equal to the education and experience requirements listed above.

An eligibility list may be created to fill future vacancies.

If you are interested in applying for this job, please email your cover letter and resume to Please include the REFERENCE # in the subject line of your email.

  • The Government of Nunavut is committed to creating a representative workforce, therefore priority will be given to Nunavut Inuit who self-identify as being enrolled under the Nunavut Agreement in accordance with the Priority Hiring Policy.
  • Government of Nunavut employees serving a probationary period must obtain and provide written authorization from the deputy head of their employing department. The authorization from the deputy head must accompany your application for your application to be considered. 
  • Possession of a criminal record may not disqualify candidates from being considered. An assessment of the criminal record will be measured against the scope and duties of the position. This is only a requirement for positions that require a satisfactory criminal record or vulnerable sector check. 
  • Applicants may submit their resume in any of the Official Languages of Nunavut.
  • Only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.
  • The onus is on candidates in receipt of foreign post-secondary education credentials to have their foreign credentials assessed through a recognized Canadian education institution.  Failure to do so may result in the rejection of their application. 
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