Maintaining a COR

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.

How to Maintain A COR

  • Maintenance audits occur in the two years following the certification year. 
  • Employers may use either a Maintenance Option or a Maintenance Audit .
  • Maintenance Audits must evaluate all operations of the company. Employers may hire an external auditor, or an employee can receive training to become an internal certified auditor to conduct the maintenance audit. 

Timing of Maintenance Audits 

  • Every COR is issued for a specific period and the certificate may be valid for three years, one year or six months.
  • A maintenance audit requires a 60% overall score to pass and to maintain the COR certificate. 
1 Year COR
The month of the expiry date is used to determine the timing to complete a recertification audit.
3 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.

COR Maintenance OptionS

Action Plans

Action Plan Application Process: Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, Energy Safety Canada has further extended the Action Plan Application Submission Process. The new deadline to apply is June 15, 2020. Once the application is approved, the deadline for employers to submit their proposed Action Plans for 2020 COR maintenance will be extended to June 30, 2020.

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

  • 2020 Audit Plan Application - New Deadline to apply: June 15, 2020.  The completed form can be emailed to
  • For employers approved to participate in Action Plans please use the Action Plan Submission Form below to complete your proposed Action Plan.
  • New Deadline: All proposed Action Plans are due on or before June 30.   
  • To review Action Plan eligibility requirements,  review pages 4 and 5 of the Action Plan Policy.  Note:  If your Action Plan application is including multi-companies, all companies must meet the criteria to be eligible, including having completed one full three year COR audit cycle. 

 Important Deadlines

  • Amendments, if required,  must be submitted prior to October 31.
  • Action Plan deliverables are due on or before November 30.

Download Action Plan Forms
Please note: The Action Plan Submission Form is an editable file, please download the file, then open it and complete the form.

COR Equivalency for ISO and CSA

Employers certified to meet either the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) or the Canadian Standards Association (CSA) standards for occupational health and safety (OHS) management systems, are eligible to apply to Energy Safety Canada for Certificate of Recognition (COR) certification.

Baseline Audits

A baseline audit determines the extent and limitations of an employer's current safety program. This audit provides information concerning areas of the safety program that require upgrading.

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