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Certificate of Recognition (COR) 2021 audits

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, WorkSafeBC is continuing to determine how best to support employers, certifying partners, and other stakeholders with 2021 COR program requirements.

If you’re concerned about your in-progress or upcoming 2021 COR audit, reach out to your certifying partner for support and guidance. If you need to contact the COR team directly, please email For more on WorkSafeBC’s response to the pandemic and information and resources on staying safe at work, refer to our COVID-19 webpages.

The Partners Program, also known as the certificate of recognition (COR), encourages employers to create an occupational health and safety management system that goes beyond the current legal requirements. The voluntary program recognizes employers that are proactive about improving workplace safety, and dedicated to continual improvement.

The Assessment Manual sets out the framework and describes the guiding principles for the COR program. Employers should review policy AP5-247-4 to learn more about how decisions relating to the COR program are made, as well as for details about the requirements of an occupational health and safety management system.

If you're an employer interested in participating in the certificate of recognition (COR) program, see Program participation. Note: Given the unique way employers listed in classes 8 to 11 of section 244(1) of the Workers Compensation Act are assessed, the classifications assigned to these employers are not considered during the COR certification process.

If you're looking for an employer who is COR-certified, or would like to see if an employer is COR-certified, use our Employer search tool.

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For other inquiries about the COR program, email the Partners Program or call 604.244.6164 or 1.866.644.6164 toll-free in B.C.

Types of COR

Employers earn a certificate of recognition when they implement an occupational health and safety management system (OHSMS) that has successfully passed an audit and met WorkSafeBC's standards.

Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) COR

The Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) COR is awarded to employers that implement and maintain an OHSMS that exceeds regulatory requirements. This OHSMS should be comprehensive and based on a "Plan, Do, Check, Act" cycle focused on continual improvement. For more information about the elements of an OHSMS, see Occupational health & safety management systems.
Injury Management/Return-to-Work (RTW) COR The Return-to-Work (RTW) COR certification program will be discontinued after 2021. As a result of a thorough review of the program, WorkSafeBC has decided to focus on other return-to-work programs and initiatives that provide the best outcomes for injured workers. Employers currently in the program can participate in the RTW COR audit in 2021 if they choose. If successful, they will receive their final RTW COR incentive payment after May 2022, provided the incentive eligibility criteria are met.

COR benefits

  • Safe and healthy workplace — COR-certified employers demonstrate leadership, commitment to continual improvement, and dedication to worker health and safety. Possessing a certificate of recognition demonstrates to your workers, your industry peers, and the public that you value a workplace that's safe and secure from injury, illness, and disease. This commitment translates into a safer and healthier workforce and work environment, which helps ensure your workers go home safely every day.
  • Competitive advantage — Having a certificate of recognition reflects your commitment to workplace health and safety, which may make it easier to hire and keep workers. It can also give you an advantage when it comes to work contracts. As clients become more socially-conscious and discerning in choosing who to work with, it's important to make the most of every opportunity that will give your company a competitive edge.
  • Financial savings — Achieving a certificate of recognition can also have positive financial impacts. When you maintain a safe and healthy workplace with few worker injuries and shorter claims duration, your company's WorkSafeBC experience rating will improve. This will eventually lead to a discount on your WorkSafeBC premiums, which can result in significant savings.

As part of the COR program, employers whose occupational health and safety management systems have passed an audit and are in good standing with WorkSafeBC are considered for financial incentives. Incentive payments are calculated using your company's assessable payroll and the base rate for your classification unit (CU) for the incentive year.

For more information about incentives, see Incentives. If you have questions about the CU your company belongs to or assessments in general, visit our Insurance section.