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COR (Certificate of Recognition)

COR is an occupational health and safety certification program.

COR Certification is a tender/contract requirement on Government of Yukon projects involving construction activities.


COR Program - Types of Certification Available

  • COR (Certificate of Recognition) - for companies with 10 employees or more
  • SECOR (Small Employer Certificate of Recognition) - for businesses with less than 10 employees during peak times
  • Businesses at the final stage of becoming COR or SECOR certified may submit a TLC (Temporary Letter of Certification).
  • Businesses outside of Yukon may obtain COR or SECOR certification. If these businesses have not finished the certification process and wish to bid on a tender requiring COR, they may submit a COREL (Certificate of Recognition Equivalency Letter).

When do you need COR?

The type of work, rather than the type of contract, determines if COR is required.

For this requirement, construction activities include:

  • road surfacing,
  • gravel production, and
  • those activities defined by the Yukon Occupational Health and Safety Act -
    erection, alteration, repair, dismantling, demolition, structural maintenance, painting, land clearing, earth moving, grading, excavating, trenching, digging, boring, drilling, blasting, or concreting, and the installation of any machinery.

View these tables containing examples of construction activities that require COR. (This is not an exhaustive list.)

The Yukon government is implementing this requirement in phases. The differences between each phase are the implementation year and the minimum dollar value of the contract.


The COR program is administered by Northern Safety Network Yukon (NSNY). Contractors wishing to initiate the certification process or wanting additional information may contact NSNY directly.

Phone: (867) 633-6673 (administration)
Email: info@yukonsafety.com
Website: www.yukonsafety.com


COR Questions

Will COR apply to lower thresholds?

How will a contractor know if a contract is subject to COR requirement?

Which contracts will require COR?

Why does COR only apply to contracts for construction?

Why has COR been chosen instead of another safety program?


Will COR apply to lower thresholds?

The Yukon government continues assessing the COR requirement to address government and industry needs and to ensure Yukon continues to reap the benefits of a reduction of accidents and injuries as public and private sector increase adopting safety practices.

 

How will a contractor know if a contract is subject to the COR requirement?

If a contract is subject to this requirement, it will be noted on the tender documents.

The certification must be maintained throughout the life of the contract.

Contractors that have not obtained their COR certification can contact Northern Safety Network Yukon directly.


Which contracts will require COR?

COR applies to contracts for construction activities. The type of work (VIEW EXAMPLES), rather than the type of contract, and the dollar value of the contract are the factors that determine whether the contract is subject to the COR requirement.

 

Why does COR only apply to contracts for construction?

Contracts for construction involve high-risk activities that require high-level safety practices increasing the safety of

  • employers,
  • employees,
  • people in and around construction sites, and
  • other members of the community.

 

Why has COR been chosen instead of another safety program?
In 2005, the Yukon Construction Safety Association conducted a Yukon-wide consultation tour. The COR program was chosen among other proposed programs, and it is the only implementation-to-audit safety program active and fully available to contractors in Yukon.