The History of COR in Canada


History of COR Canada

The Certificate of Recognition (COR) program is a workplace safety certification program that was first introduced in Alberta, Canada in 1992 as a response to the high rates of workplace injuries and fatalities in the construction industry.  

The program was developed by the Alberta Construction Safety Association (ACSA) in partnership with the provincial government and other stakeholders in the construction industry. 

The COR program provided: 

  1. a framework for employers to develop and implement comprehensive health and safety programs; and
  2. it required external audits to verify that these programs were effective in reducing the risk of workplace injuries and illnesses. 

The success of the COR program in reducing workplace injuries and improving workplace safety in the construction industry led to its expansion into other industries in Alberta and other Canadian provinces. 

Today, the COR program is widely recognized as a leading workplace safety certification program across Canada, and it has been adopted by a wide range of industries, including construction, manufacturing, transportation, and others.

Learn more about COR and find a local COR Canada health and safety association to help you get started on the journey to certification. 

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