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COR® Program

The Certificate of Recognition (COR®) Program is the ultimate accreditation to verify companies that have implemented a comprehensive health and safety program.

COR® is an occupational health and safety accreditation program that verifies a fully implemented safety and 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) – making CSAM an authority with jurisdiction to grant COR® in the province of Manitoba.

The program is also is endorsed by:

  • Manitoba Labour
  • Workplace Safety and Health (WSH)
  • Workers Compensation Board of Manitoba (WCB)
  • SAFE Work Manitoba

Although COR® is the national standard, COR® Certification 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. Please see the COR® Equivalency/Reciprocity section below for details.

COR® qualifies for prevention rebate

COR® Certified employers are eligible to receive a 15 per cent rebate on their Workers Compensation Board of Manitoba (WCB) assessment premium, or for small employers, $3,000 (to a maximum of 75 per cent of their assessment premium), as part of the Prevention Rebate Program.

The Prevention Rebate Program is overseen by the preventative arm of WCB — SAFE Work Manitoba — through the provincial standard of their SAFE Work Certified Program. CSAM has a formal agreement with SAFE Work Manitoba as a certifying partner.

COR® Certification meets the SAFE Work Certified Program provincial standard.

Steps to achieving COR®

COR® Certification is achieved through the successful completion of three steps: completion of required training, implementation of your safety and health program, and verification by CSAM that the national COR® standards are met.

1. Required training
There are four required training modules which must be completed by an employee (or employees) of your company.  These training modules provide your company with the information, resources, and ability to implement a safety and health management system (ie: safety program):

2. Implementation
Once equipped with the knowledge from our training courses, you will be required to develop and implement your safety program. As always, your CSAM team is available to guide and support you throughout this process.

3. Verification
Your safety program is audited annually to confirm the national COR® standards are met. The initial year of COR® Certification requires the successful submission of three audits:

    • Company self-audit
    • CSAM audit
    • Independent audit

The audit instrument is made up of 14 sections. Companies must achieve a minimum of 50 per cent in each section of the audit AND a minimum of 80 per cent overall to pass each audit.

Maintaining COR® Certification

COR® Certification is valid for a period not exceeding three years and must be validated annually with a letter of good standing that verifies the training elements and auditing standards are maintained.

Year two and three of your COR® Certification requires the successful submission of two audits:

    • Company self-audit
    • CSAM audit

Please visit our COR® and SECOR® Audit Requirements page for further information or to download a copy of CSAM’s COR® audit instrument.

COR® Equivalency/Reciprocity

A company can apply for COR® equivalency in Manitoba if they have been issued COR® Certification by a member of the Canadian Federation of Construction Safety Associations in another province or territory and doesn’t have a permanent office in Manitoba.

The following documentation is required to request COR® Equivalency from CSAM:

  • A letter from your company requesting COR® Equivalency.
  • A letter of good standing and copy of your current COR® Certificate from your host construction safety association confirming the date of your most recent audit and that the standards of COR® have been met.
  • An application for reciprocity from your host construction safety association.
  • Completion and submission of the Manitoba Supplement section of the National COR® Audit and supporting documentation.
  • COR® Reciprocity Declaration Letter

Once the above material is received and successfully reviewed by CSAM, the company will be issued the following:

  • Letter of COR® Equivalency for Manitoba.
  • Manitoba COR® Equivalency Certificate.
  • Explanation of CSAM programming in Manitoba.
  • Copy of the provincial WSH Act and Regulations.

The Manitoba COR® Certificate will be issued with the same expiration date of your provincial or territorial COR® Certificate (up to a maximum of 12 months). It’s the company’s responsibility to re-apply when their Manitoba COR® Certificate expires.

Likewise, companies that are COR® Certified in Manitoba can apply for equivalency in other provinces or territories.  Your CSAM team has developed a straightforward process to help you.  Please contact us directly if you require an out-of-province COR® equivalency/reciprocity.

COR® Certified companies

To search alphabetically for COR® Certified Companies in Manitoba, visit our directory here.

COR® Certified Companies Meetings

COR® Certified Companies Meetings are tailored specifically to our COR® and SECOR® companies to provide relevant industry, safety, and association information, including what CSAM is doing to better service YOUR company.

The last COR® Certified Companies meeting was April 29, 2021. To view the minutes, click here.

The next meeting is scheduled for Fall of 2021. The official invitation will be emailed approximately two weeks prior to the meeting.

Further information

For more information on any aspect of COR®, please contact Keith Steffano, COR® Program Manager, at 204-775-3171 or keith@constructionsafety.ca.