The strong voice and advocate for the business of neighbourhood pharmacy and its vital role in sustaining the accessibility, quality and affordability of patient care for Canadians.

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Operate more than
neighbourhood pharmacies
across Canada

Employ 75% of neighbourhood
and more than


Canadians in all


Canada’s public healthcare system – long internationally admired – is under threat from rising costs and significant inefficiencies, which will worsen due to Canada’s aging population and its changing needs.

More effective use of neighbourhood pharmacies and the broader pharmacy community offer the potential to save the Canadian healthcare system $8.5 billion to $11.0 billion over the next three years alone, while improving patient outcomes. These savings can be reallocated to other objectives and help maintain the standard of healthcare Canadians expect.

Through its members and associates, CACDS is driving innovative solutions, through advocacy, networking, research and information services.

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Almost 80% of Canadians turn to their neighbourhood pharmacist for trusted, professional healthcare advice.


CACDS helps shape strategy and represents the business of neighbourhood pharmacy with governments, professional associations, special interest groups, peers, media and the public.

CACDS hosts exclusive, business-building national and regional events that address the industry’s changing dynamics for pharmacy retailers and their trading partners.

To support CACDS advocacy efforts and inform discussions with policy influencers, CACDS facilitates the compilation of research and special studies to advance greater understanding of the requirements to sustain a viable community pharmacy sector.  Members receive regular updates on provincial drug programs, the evolving scope of professional pharmacy services and associated funding, trade issues and special studies offering insight into key factors affecting their business interests.

CACDS provides a growing range of information services, with timely intelligence of direct business application for members and associates.


CACDS fosters a business environment that enables strong, cohesive pharmacies to provide patients and consumers with neighbourhood access to quality healthcare, products and services.

No. 1 Establising a Progressive Association Business Model
No. 2Focusing Advocacy
No. 3Leading Dialogue
No. 4Supporting Continued Member Business Success

We Value

Leadership and Integrity

Patient Care Outcomes




Cooperation and Collaboration


Our Mission




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9000 points of care

The broader pharmacy community’s 5-point plan to reduce
health care costs and improve patient outcomes now.


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