The Certificate of Recognition (COR™) program is an effective tool to assess the Occupational Health and Safety Management System providing a great advantage when bidding on work in the construction industry. COR™ is a pre-qualification requirement for contracts with both public- and private-sector construction projects working in and out of the province. In Ontario the Infrastructure Health and Safety Association (IHSA) offers the Certificate of Recognition.

RMG Consulting Group Inc. can assist your company with development and implementation of a Health and Safety Management System that meets the requirements of the Certificate of Recognition (COR™) Program. Our company can assist with:

  • Conducting a full review (gap analysis) of your existing program, policies, and health and safety management system to identify areas of success and where improvements are required.


  • Design, implement, and manage a customized health and safety program within the scope of your business activities, that meets the requirements of the COR™ program.


There are 19 elements in the COR™ Audit Tool. The first thirteen (13) are common to all the provinces and territories that participate in COR™

1. Policy Statement

2. Hazard Assessment, Analysis, and Control

3. Safe Work Practices

4. Safe Job Procedures

5. Employer Rules

6. Personal Protective Equipment

7. Preventive Maintenance

8. Training & Communication

9. Workplace Inspections

10.Investigations & Reporting

11.Emergency Preparedness

12.Statistics & Records


There are also six (6) supplemental elements that are specific to Ontario

14.Occupational Health

15.First Aid

16.Health & Safety Representative/Committee

17.Workplace Violence & Harassment

18.Return to Work

19.Management Review

Why It’s Important

  • By achieving COR™, employers can demonstrate that their health and safety management system has been developed, implemented, and evaluated annually through comprehensive internal and external audits.

  • Being proactive with respect to hazards and accidents in the workplace, developing and maintaining a Health and Safety Management System is always the right approach for the protection of all workers.

  • COR™ certification encourages higher participation of your employees in the Occupational Health and Safety System.

  • Companies that have the COR™ certification give your organization a competitive advantage over other companies since the buyers of construction make COR™ as a requirement for contractors bidding on jobs in order to be more confident in the contractor's health and safety performance.

  • COR™ enhanced your corporate image, within the industry and community, as a company that is highly committed to creating a strong safety culture and attracting safety-conscious workers.

  • Your program will comply with COR™ national standards.

  • Introducing COR™ as a new component in the contractor management program will have a positive and significant impact on the delivery of construction activities for the province, the contractors, and the well-being of the population.

Image taken from the Toronto Star, 2019.

Image taken from the Toronto Star, 2019.