Mission, Vision & History Of CAPT
Advocating & Promoting Our Industry
The Canadian Association of Pharmacy Technicians (CAPT) is a national organization advocating and promoting the profession of pharmacy technicians and assistants. Our goals as an organization are to:
- Promote and educate the public and other healthcare professionals on the scope of practice of pharmacy technicians and their importance.
- Advocate for the pharmacy profession as a whole.
Leading In The Pharmacy Tech Profession
To be the leading voice in enhancing the profession and empowering pharmacy technicians with the Canadian healthcare landscape by:
- Providing professional development and networking opportunities to our members.
- Advocate for the pharmacy profession as a whole. Enhancing professionalism through education and collaboration.
Engaging the members through communication strategies is important for achieving our mission. CAPT is always seeking new ways to work more efficiently with our members and stakeholders by collaborating closely with them and allowing input on our processes.
CAPT assumes all responsibility for the board's decisions and actions and will always incorporate its members' and profession's best interests in our decisions. Our board aims to make the best decisions and stay accountable to our members.
CAPT integrates with our members and stakeholders with the utmost respect and integrity for the professionals and our pharmacy technician members. We pride ourselves on the professionalism used in all of our interactions.
CAPT will operate openly and with clarity with its members and stakeholders. We encourage members to ask us questions about the board's decisions, and we will maintain full transparency about our processes and intentions.
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The Beginning Of CAPT Until Now
CAPT was initially formed by a group of four pharmacy assistant students attending Humber College with the help of their teacher.
In 1983, they applied to Corporations Canada and became a non-profit organization. Initially, the organization included Chapters in some provinces.
In 2004, new by-laws were passed by the membership for the first time since the inception of CAPT.
The Chapters were dissolved in the mid-2000s when the focus of CAPT changed to more National pharmacy assistant/technician issues.
CAPT started having an annual National conference in 2003. The National Annual Conference rotates from western, eastern and central Canada.
Represent Pharmacy Technicians
The board members represent pharmacy technicians in many pharmacy-related organizations such as PEBC, CCCEP, CCAPP, NAPRA and many provincial working groups.
The Board of directors' members are volunteers managing all aspects of CAPT. This includes overseeing the website and social media platforms, publications, and day to day management of the group.
The most important milestone in which CAPT was involved was the regulation of pharmacy technicians. The first regulated technicians were in Ontario in 2010.
CAPT passed new by-laws in 2014 to align with the government's changes to the new Canada Not-for-profit Corporation Act
In 2015, CAPT hosted a meeting with a pharmacy technician or assistant representative from all 10 provinces. It was the first meeting of this kind.