Certificate of Recognition (COR)

What is COR?

Certificate of Recognition (COR) is a health & safety certification program for organizations in construction and related industries. COR is proof a company’s safety program meets nationally established standards outlined by the Canadian Federation of Construction Safety Associations. It also meets the Workers Compensation Board (WCB) safety certified criteria.

Your company size (Owner/Operator, Small Business, Intermediate, or Standard) will determine your path to achieving COR. Companies will complete COR & compliance training, implement a safety program, and complete an annual evaluation of their safety program.  Upon achieving COR, companies who maintain their COR standard are issued an annual Letter of Good Standing.

Companies who maintain COR standard are leaders in their industry, working to reduce workplace incidents and injuries.

Benefits of COR

Companies who participate in COR through Construction Safety Nova Scotia benefit from:

  • Online access to the COR evaluation tool
  • Support from professional OH&S advisors and support staff
  • Qualifying to bid on government tenders
  • Being eligible for a WCB rebate having obtained COR for CSNS members
  • Increasing productivity & profitability
  • Reduced workplace injuries
  • Lower Time-Loss Claims
  • The ability to transfer COR to other provinces

Building Blocks to COR


This tool will help you identify your company classification as either Owner/Operator, Small Business, Intermediate, or Standard. These classifications are based on requirements outlined in the national standards and policies within the OH&S Act.

Please contact us if:

  • You need to confirm your company classification
  • You are a design professional or project manager
  • You need support in your COR process

Tel: 902.468.6696
Toll free: 1.800.971.3888

Complete this questionnaire (answering will bring you to your pathway to achieving COR):

  1. What is your maximum number of regularly employed personnel? 
  2. Do you hire sub-contractors?