Certificate of Recognition (Canada)

The Alberta Human Resources and Employment Department’s Partnerships in Health and Safety Program is based on the premise that when employers and workers voluntarily build effective health and safety programs in their own workplaces, the human and financial costs of workplace injuries and illnesses will be reduced. The Department believes that supporting health and safety programs leads to larger reductions in injuries than regulatory compliance alone.

Through partnerships with safety associations, industry groups, education institutes and labour organizations, a framework has been established to promote and certify health and safety programs

A Certificate of Recognition (COR) is given to employers who develop health and safety programs that meet established standards. Certificates are issued by Certifying Partners and are co-signed by Alberta Human Resources and Employment.

Achieving and maintaining a valid COR is required for earning a financial incentive through the Partners in Injury Reduction program. Also, it is not unusual for Alberta corporations to expect contractors bidding on projects to hold a valid COR.

Certificate of Recognition is also available in the provinces of Saskatchewan and British Columbia.

For additional information on these programs please reference the following provincial sites:
Alberta: http://www.hre.gov.ab.ca/cps/rde/xchg/hre/hs.xsl/277.html
British Columbia: http://www.worksafebc.com
Saskatchewan: http://www.scsaonline.ca/

Additional information is also available through:
Petroleum Industry Training Service:
http://www.pits.ca/partnership_program/h_s_cert_of_recognition.htm
Alberta Construction Safety Association:
http://www.acsa-safety.org/programs.asp?section=cor