Registration required as of April 1, 2017

TORONTO - Infrastructure Ontario (IO) is taking another step toward ensuring safer construction sites by expanding its requirements under the Certificate of Recognition (COR) occupational health and safety accreditation program.  COR is administered in Ontario by the International Health and Safety Association (IHSA).

In September 2016, COR certification became a fundamental pre-qualification requirement for contractors / constructors participating in the request for qualifications (RFQ) process for major projects using IO's Alternative Financing and Procurement (AFP) model. These projects are generally valued at over $100 million.

For Direct Delivery real estate projects with a construction value over $10 million, COR requirements are being phased in by IO to ensure adequate time for firms bidding on these projects to complete the application process.  

As of April 1, 2017, contractors must have initiated the registration process for COR to be eligible to bid on these Direct Delivery projects. The deadline for becoming COR-certified will be April 1, 2018. It can take a number of months to become certified, so the sooner companies get registered the better. For more information please visit


  • In 2016, IO became the first government agency to join the League of Champions safety initiative as part of its continued effort to demonstrate leadership in the area of health and safety.
  • IO is responsible for the management of the General Real Estate Portfolio on behalf of the government, which includes a responsibility for delivery of capital improvements. 
  • Direct Delivery projects are typically procured under a design-bid-build procurement model, making use of industry standard CCDC contracts with supplementary conditions, and issued under an open-market request for tender.


“IO is committed to demonstrating leadership in the area of health and safety. The expansion of COR requirements to include our Direct Delivery real estate projects is a big step forward. We want to work with industry to make safety a priority for everyone.”
Ehren Cory, President and CEO, Infrastructure Ontario

Learn More:

Infrastructure Ontario
International Health and Safety Association

Media Contacts:

Jeff Giffen
Infrastructure Ontario

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