Pharmacy Technician

The Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services, Toronto South Detention Centre, seeks two Registered Pharmacy Technicians to provide pharmacy services in a maximum security corrections facility.

Please note: These positions are irregular, on-call (0 to 36.25 hours per week). You will be required to work at least two days per week on a 12 hours shift, and it may include evenings and weekends.

What can I expect to do in this role?

In this role, you will:

  • Receive, process and fill prescriptions
  • Review drug alerts, prepare bulk solutions, pre-packaged, and label medications/prescriptions
  • Monitor the number of supplies and expiry dates
  • Maintain records and statistics (e.g., inventory, month-end reports, usage, and drug distribution), and inventory levels
  • Prepare reports, and update inmate medication profile using a computerized drug distribution system
  • Document inmate health care records in accordance with the Ontario College of Pharmacists Professional Standards and ministry policy
  • Ensure pharmacy practices are aligned with the security requirements of the institution
  • Ensure security of the pharmacy area, equipment and pharmaceuticals

Location: Etobicoke

How do I qualify?


  • You are a registered Pharmacy Technician with the Ontario College of Pharmacists

Specialized Knowledge

  • You have knowledge of drug theory, evidence-based pharmaceutical practice, current treatment modalities, community pharmacy resources and the Ontario College of Pharmacists Professional


  • You have knowledge of controlled drug designations and related record maintenance procedures
  • You have knowledge of metrology and arithmetic, and the use of the system of weights and measures to fill prescriptions accurately

Technical Skills

  • You can use computerized order entry and manual pharmacy record keeping systems
  • You are experienced in inventory control to order medications and/or supplies
  • You are proficient in computers software, including word-processing, e-mail and spreadsheets applications

Critical Thinking and Analytical Skills

  • You can ensure prescription parameters are within therapeutic guidelines and comply with relevant policy and standards when processing medication orders
  • You can recognize and document any unusual trends in drug usage
  • You can identify and discuss discrepancies in products supplied, and report to the manager on situations requiring attention

Communication and Interpersonal Skills

  • You can respond to inquiries regarding drugs, and exercise sensitivity when community with employees, inmates and families of inmates
  • You can provide explanations on the use of medications and side-effects
  • You can prepare reports on drug usage, data, and correspondence

Legislative Knowledge

  • You can interpret and apply relevant legislation (i.e., Regulated Health Care Professional Act, Health Care Consent Act, Mental Health Act) to perform accurate, quality work, ensure medication safety for inmates, and security of pharmacy area, equipment and pharmaceuticals

Salary Range: $910.12 – $1,073.87 per week

Additional information:

  • 2 Temporary – Irregular On-Call, duration up to 12 months (with possible extension), 160 Horner Ave, Etobicoke, Toronto Region, General Screening Requirement


  • Please note that as of November 1, 2018, with the implementation of the Police Record Checks Reform Act, 2015, the security screening check requirements for this position may differ from those described in this job ad

Please apply online, only, at, quoting Job ID 125888, by Monday, September 17, 2018. Please follow the instructions to submit your application. Faxes are not being accepted at this time.

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The Ontario Public Service is an inclusive employer. Accommodation will be provided in accordance with Ontario’s Human Rights Code.