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Steps to Get a COR (11+ employees)

To be eligible for a COR, employers must demonstrate that they have implemented an effective health and safety management system by conducting and passing an audit using an approved audit instrument. An external auditor approved by Energy Safety Canada conducts the audit using an approved audit protocol. 

Steps to Get a COR (11+ employees)

COR Annual Service Fees

There is an annual fee for COR-related services. View our COR Fee table.

Service Fees Info

To acquire a Certificate of Recognition (COR), an employer must take the following steps:

  • If you are in Alberta, you will need to register your company in the WCB Partnerships in Injury Reduction program.
  • Develop and implement a health and safety management system that meets provincial standards.
  • Select an Energy Safety Canada Certified Health and Safety Auditor.
  • Have an audit completed and achieve a passing mark (80% overall score, with no less than 50% in any one element.)
  • Have your auditor submit the audit to Energy Safety Canada for a quality assurance review.
  • A COR will be issued for audits that meet the required standards.

If you have a comprehensive health and safety management system in place, the time required to complete an audit and have it reviewed by Energy Safety Canada could be very short.

However, if you need to develop a health and safety management system, the time required to complete the COR process will be significantly longer. You can make use of Energy Safety Canada's training and in-house expertise and/or contract health and safety professionals to create a health and safety management system.

The more engaged you are with the COR auditing process, the more valuable the COR audit will be in improving your health and safety performance.

A standard audit will include:

  • A review of the Energy Safety Canada Safety Audits and Certifications Outline of Roles and Responsibilities by both the auditor and company prior to starting the audit
  • An on-site pre-audit orientation meeting with the auditor
  • A review of key documents in your health and safety management system as well as a sampling of your records from the past year
  • One-on-one interviews (approximately 35-45 minutes long) that include all levels of  management, supervisors and workers.   
  • Site visits to confirm the findings in the documentation and interview phase of the audit 
  • An on-site post-audit meeting with the auditor
  • A final written report that includes a strength and recommendations to help you improve your health and safety management system after the audit passes a quality assurance review by Energy Safety Canada

Energy Safety Canada COR Audit standards have specified timeline requirements. For companies that would like a COR by a particular date, audit timelines and submission dates should be negotiated with the auditor in advance.

One you have a COR, you need to maintain it annually


How to Maintain a COR

In the two years following certification, the employer must maintain their COR by completing an audit or an alternative maintenance option approved by Energy Safety Canada. The maintenance audits must evaluate the complete operational scope of the company and cover the full audit standard. The employer may hire an external auditor again, or they may send an employee for training as an internal certified auditor. During the maintenance stage, Energy Safety Canada may allow an employer to use maintenance options other than a maintenance audit, such as Action Plans and Safety Surveys.  

How to Maintain a COR

Every COR is issued for a specific lifespan. Depending on the circumstance, the certificate may be good for three years, one year or six months. A 3 year COR remains valid providing all maintenance audits requirements are met. Failure to complete an annual maintenance audit will result in the cancellation of the COR and the possible loss of any government financial incentives.  

For a COR that is valid for 3 years, use the month of the certificate expiry date to complete and submit an annual maintenance audit.

For a COR that is valid for 1 year or 6 months, use the month of the certificate expiry date to complete a recertification audit.

A maintenance audit requires a 60% overall score to pass and to maintain the COR certificate. 


Option to a COR Standard Certification Audit

Do you have a large and complex organization with an existing auditing system in place?



It is possible to receive all the benefits of the Certificate of Recognition (COR) program by using your existing corporate audits to achieve COR!

Benefits of the COR Program:

  • Continue your growth as a leader in the industry
  • Increase marketability by adding certifying your Corporate HSE system
  • Annual WCB rebates

The deadline to apply is June 30.  Click here to see the PASE Program Application Package.

For more information please contact:

Juliet Goodwin
Manager, COR Program
Energy Safety Canada
Phone: (403) 516-8040
Email: Juliet.goodwin@energysafetycanada.com
Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/juliet-goodwin-crsp-cor-manager/ 


Options to COR Standard Maintenance Audits

Energy Safety Canada offers various options for companies to maintain their COR. Alternatives to the standard COR maintenance audits provide companies with an opportunity to take advantage of diverse evaluation and program enhancement strategies. Intended to both focus company resources onto specific facets of their safety program and to attend to particular gaps in their safety program, many companies may consider such options to be beneficial in the COR maintenance cycle.

Action Plans

Action Plans

Action Plans represent a valuable and effective method for companies to maintain their COR while continuing to enhance their safety program. Action Plans map out a process to address those gaps identified in previous audits while not losing focus on the greater safety program.

Note:  WorkSafeBC is not participating in the Action Plan Program for 2020.

2020 Audit Plan Application - Applications open January 1, 2020.  Deadline to apply is January 31, 2020.

For employers approved to participate in Action Plans please use the below Action Plan Submission Form to complete your proposed Action Plan.  All proposed Action Plans are due on or before March 31.   

To review Action Plan eligibility requirements,  review pages 4 and 5 of the Action Plan Policy.  

Note: Internet Explorer Version 10 or higher is recommended when downloading the Action Plan Submission. Prior to using this form please save a blank copy to your computer to work from.   

Note:  Important Deadlines

Amendments, if required,  must be submitted prior to October 31.

Action Plan deliverables are due on or before November 30



COR Supportive Documents 

The below documents support the Energy Safety Canada COR Program. 

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