Steps to Get a COR


To be eligible for an Energy Safety Canada COR, employers must demonstrate they have an effective health and safety management system.


Steps to Get a COR (11+ employees)

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

  • Companies in Alberta must register in the WCB Partnerships in Injury Reduction program (not a requirement for other provinces).
  • Develop and implement a health and safety management system that meets provincial standards.
  • Select an Energy Safety Canada-Certified Health and Safety Auditor.
  • Complete an audit of your company’s health and safety management system 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 employers that meet the required standards.
COR Annual Service Fees

There is an annual fee for COR-related services. View our COR fee table.
Service fees info

If you need to develop a health and safety management system, you can make use of Energy Safety Canada's training and in-house expertise and/or contract health and safety professionals to create one. If you have a comprehensive health and safety management system in place, you can move directly into the audit process.

A standard audit includes:

  • Review of the Energy Safety Canada Safety Audits and Certifications Outline of Roles and Responsibilities by both the auditor and company before starting the audit.
  • On-site pre-audit orientation meeting with the auditor.
  • 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 30 to 45 minutes) that include all levels of management, supervisors and workers.
  • Site visits to confirm the findings in the documentation and interview phase of the audit.
  • On-site post-audit meeting with the auditor.
  • Final written report that includes strengths and a list of recommendations to help improve your health and safety management system after the audit passes a quality assurance review by Energy Safety Canada.

Energy Safety Canada COR audits have specified timeline requirements. For companies wanting a COR by a specific date, audit timelines and submission dates should be negotiated with the auditor in advance.

Once you have a COR, you must maintain it annually.

Maintaining a COR

In the two years following certification, employers must maintain their COR by completing either an audit or an alternative maintenance option approved by Energy Safety Canada. Maintenance audits must evaluate all operations of the company . The employer may hire an external auditor, or an employee can receive training to become 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 valid for three years (providing all maintenance audit requirements are met), one year or six months.

For a three-year COR, the timing for annual maintenance audits is based on the month of the expiry date. Failure to complete an annual maintenance audit will result in the cancellation of the COR and the possible loss of government financial incentives. A maintenance audit requires a 60% overall score to pass/maintain the COR.

For a one-year or six-month COR, the month of the expiry date is used to determine the timing to complete a recertification audit.

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Alternative to Standard Certification Audit

Do you have a large and complex organization with an existing auditing system in place? Consider completing a Partnerships Audit Standard Equivalency (PASE).

Partnerships Audit Standard Equivalency (PASE)

It is possible to use your existing corporate audits to achieve COR and all its benefits, such as:

  • Continue your growth as an industry safety leader.
  • Increase marketability by certifying your corporate HSE system.
  • Receive annual WCB rebates.

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

For more information, email or call 1 800 667 5557 extension 3.

Alternatives to Standard Maintenance Audits

Energy Safety Canada offers three alternatives to a standard maintenance audit (listed below) for companies to maintain their COR. Like the standard maintenance audit, all of these options are an effective way to maintain your COR while continuing to enhance and improve your safety program. NOTE: These alternatives are only available to employers during a maintenance year.

Action plans

Action Plans map out a process to address those gaps identified in previous audits while also maintaining focus on the overall safety program.

Note: WorkSafeBC is not participating in the Action Plan Program in 2019. Any changes for 2020 will be communicated with sufficient notice.
PDF 2019 Audit Plan Application - Deadline to submit is January 31

Employers approved to participate in Action Plans must complete the Action Plan Submission Form (below). Proposed Action Plans are due by March 31.
Note: Save a blank copy of the Action Plan Submission Form to your computer and work from/fill in that document. Internet Explorer Version 10 or higher is recommended when opening the Action Plan Submission Form.
PDF Action Plan Submission Form
PDF Action Plan Submission Guidance Document

Important Deadlines
Amendments, if required, must be submitted by October 31.
Action Plan deliverables are due by November 30.

Safety Surveys

For companies with a proven safety management system, Safety Surveys are an effective method for meeting annual maintenance requirements while reducing the resources required for auditing. The completion of the survey is followed by the creation of an Action Plan with deliverables, key target dates and assigned responsibilities. There is no pass or fail score.

The deadline to register is January 31. For more information on safety surveys click here.

PDF Safety Survey Application Form
PDF Safety Survey Action Plan

National/International Standard Equivalency (NISE)

The National or International Standard Equivalency (NISE) process allows employers the choice of using a national or international audit standard (e.g. OHSAS 18001) to maintain their COR.

More information on NISE.
PDF NISE Application Form

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