The Infrastructure Health and Safety Association (IHSA) and the construction industry have made significant strides since the IHSA first brought the Certificate of Recognition (CoR) program to Ontario about 8 years ago. Today there are 350 companies that have successfully completed the program’s requirements and are now using CoR to improve their health and safety performance. In addition, there are another 1,200 companies that are working towards their CoR certification. On the buyers’ side, the Toronto Transit Commission will require CoR for all projects with a value of $25M or more as of July 2019. Metrolinx already requires CoR on all projects. The City of Toronto requires CoR on all of its major infrastructure projects; Brampton on projects valued at $25M +; as of September of this year, Mississauga $25M+; York Region $150K+; Infrastructure Ontario and the Greater Toronto Airports Authority continue to roll out CoR; and the Town of Milton as of January 2020 will require CoR on all projects valued at $500K+ for general contractors and major subs. According to the IHSA, you can anticipate CoR becoming a requirement in Hamilton, Waterloo Region, the Region of Peel, Ottawa, London and elsewhere. CoR is coming to a public buyer near you.
As CoR expands, the IHSA is taking on a new role that could be a revenue-generating opportunity for your association. The IHSA will be offering a seminar series for companies that need a lot of help. It consists of 5 half-day seminars. The seminar series leads into a workshop series consisting of 5 full-day workshops. Depending on their level of readiness, companies can enter the workshop series directly.
You may receive a call from Ken Rayner or Paul Casey from the IHSA to provide more details about these programs and to explain the opportunity they might present to your association