WorkSafeBC COR Program: A Letter of Support

As you are likely aware, the WorkSafeBC Certificate of Recognition (COR) program is in jeopardy because of changes that are being considered by WorkSafeBC.

Extending the period for the COR Program Consultation will allow for the careful development of the audit tool, the audit tool framework, and auditor training. It will also allow time for other possible changes to COR — as needed, and based on objective research. At this point, a new, comprehensive COR Discussion Paper can be circulated. 


COR, also known as the Partners Program, 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.

Independent research conducted by the University of British Columbia has demonstrated the value of COR. Companies with COR have 11% fewer STD and LTD claims and 22% fewer fatal and serious injury claims.

In addition, according to WorkSafeBC data, the injury rate for the construction sector has dramatically decreased from 7.3% in 2000 to 4.1% in 2015; the injury rate is measured as the number of wage loss claims per year for 100 workers.

The COR program is valuable for contractors in several ways on top of the obvious benefits to worker safety, including securing work from organizations that require the bidder to be a COR certified company. 

On all accounts, the current COR program is working to make our industry safer and it can easily be kept until the necessary expanded review has been completed. In the meantime, it is in our collective interest to work together to let WorkSafeBC know that construction employers are united in their support for the program.


We encourage you to take a few minutes to send in a letter of support for COR, using the sample letter below as a possible model — please add your own concerns and/or use your own wording as original letters, however brief, have a strong impact on decision makers. 

To have formal input, we need you to submit feedback directly to and cc the Board Chair, Ralph McGinn, at

The WSBC deadline is October 1, 2018. 

View COCA BC's formal response


September 27, 2018 

Ralph McGinn
Chair, Board of Directors

Re: COR Program Review

Dear Mr. McGinn:

I am writing to support the COCA position on the Certificate of Recognition and to request that you circulate this letter to the WSBC Board of Directors.

COR, in its present form, has proven itself in our industry.

In an objective study by Dr. Christopher McLeod of the University of British Columbia, for the 2009-2014 period, there was an 11% reduction in disability claims and a 22% reduction in fatal injury claims (UBC 2017 study).

As well, the Injury Rate for workers in the Construction Sector has dramatically decreased -- from 7.3 wage loss claims per year for 100 workers in 2000 to 4.0 wage loss claims per 100 workers in 2016.

This reflects a huge improvement in workplace safety and is the first initiative in BC history to achieve this level of reduction.

Further research is being conducted by UBC and we will all learn more about possible improvements to COR as a result of these studies.

Please consider the detailed recommendations of the COCA submission so that we preserve this valuable program for the benefit of the workers of BC.


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