The Certificate of Recognition program (COR®) is an occupational health and safety accreditation program that verifies a fully implemented safety & health program which meets national standards. The objectives of COR® are to provide industry employers with an effective safety and health management system to reduce incidents, accidents and injuries as well as their associated human and financial costs. COR® is now frequently used as a pre-qualifying and/or condition of contract by public and private project owners across Canada.
COR® is nationally trademarked and endorsed by participating members of the Canadian Federation of Construction Safety Associations (CFCSA). Although COR® is the national standard, COR® must be attained in the province or territory you are working in.
Each of the participating members of the CFCSA act as the Authority Having Jurisdiction to grant COR® Certification in their Province or Territory and practices the utmost diligence to ensure that the COR® standards are upheld.
NOTE: COR® must be granted by the Authority Having Jurisdiction in each of the provinces/territories you work. A straightforward process is available to companies that have achieved COR® and would like to request equivalency/reciprocity in another jurisdiction.
Occupational health and safety interventions, including regulatory approaches, programs, and management systems, are key strategies for reducing worker injury and illness.
Certificate of Recognition (COR®) audit programs use voluntary audit-based certification as a way of recognizing or encouraging effective OHS practices. COR® programs provide premium rebates to employers who meet certain occupational health and safety management benchmarks or who have implemented a return to work program for injured workers.
We conducted independent impact evaluations of the COR® programs in BC, Alberta and Saskatchewan to assess how participation has affected firms’ injury rates and health and safety experience. BC, Alberta and Saskatchewan evaluations found that certification is associated with lower injury rates. Detailed results are available in the research briefs below.
We worked with the BC Construction Safety Alliance and WorkSafeBC to assess the measurement properties of the specific COR® audit tool used in the BC construction sector and identify the elements of the audit that are most predictive of firm work injury rates, with the goal of improving the design, delivery, and effectiveness of the COR® program.
Research Briefs - Partnership for Work, Health and Safety
If you are interested in learning more about COR® or the equivalency/reciprocity process, please contact your Provincial or Territorial Construction Safety Association below: