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COR™ 2020

IHSA will be transitioning from the current COR™ Audit Tool (COR™ 2015) to the COR™ 2020 standard by 2025. The following implementation dates will allow us to reach that goal:

  • December 1, 2021 – All Initial Internal Audit submissions after this date must use the COR™ 2020 audit tool
  • October 1, 2022 – All external audits after this date will be completed following the COR™ 2020 audit tool

Organizations that are certified to COR™ 2015 can transition at anytime by completing the COR™ 2020 Transition Tool and submitting it to the IHSA for review.


COR™ 2020 Resources


What is COR™?

IHSA COR™ Certified

The Certificate of Recognition (COR™) is a national accreditation standard that verifies full implementation of an employer’s Occupational Health and Safety Management System. COR™ is often used as a condition of contract by the public and private sector across Canada.

Recently, COR™ was enhanced to COR™ 2020 in order to help interested workplaces qualify for financial rewards and recognition from the Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development and the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board.

COR™ 2020 is voluntary and workplaces interested in only pursuing or maintaining regular COR™ certification should visit IHSA's COR™ page for additional information and resources.


Why Has COR™ Changed to COR™ 2020?

COR™ 2020 aligns to the Ministry of Labour, Training and Skill Development's accreditation standard, and will help safe workplaces qualify for financial rebates and recognition available under two new provincial programs:

This means by achieving COR™ 2020 workplaces are fully implementing an accredited Occupational Health and Safety Management System (OHSMS), recognized by the Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development and the Workplace Safety Insurance Board.


How is COR™ 2020 Different?

  • COR™ 2020 has reduced its audit tool to 14 elements by blending some of the existing elements and reducing the amount of redundancy.
  • New requirements have been added for the following:
    • Procurement and Change Management
    • Contractor Management
    • Control of Documents
    • Control of Records
  • The overall format has also changed in COR™ 2020. Organizations now have flexibility to tailor their program to best suit their needs while also meeting COR™ requirements.

How Does SOSE Work?

Supporting Ontario’s Safe Employers is a voluntary Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development program run by the Chief Prevention Officer (CPO). It promotes health and safety in the workplace and helps reduce injuries and illness.

The program is made up of two parts:

  • Accreditation of an Occupational Health and Safety Management System (OHSMS)
  • Recognition of employers who have successfully implemented an accredited OHSMS and meet other criteria set by the CPO

If your organization is recognized by the CPO, you will be eligible for financial rewards from the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB).


How Does IHSA Help?

IHSA's COR™ 2020 is your roadmap to accreditation and achieving SOSE. COR™ 2020 will show you exactly what you need to build a successful Occupational Health and Safety Management System, accredited by the Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development

You can also work through the Health and Safety Excellence Program while pursuing COR™ 2020 and receive rebates and financial rewards through WSIB.


Contact Information

For general inquiries, email cor@ihsa.ca

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