Certificate of Recognition required for Yukon government construction projects in 2012

Business will be required to have certification for contracts of $100,000 or more

Yukon businesses will be required to have Certificate of Recognition (COR) certification to bid on Yukon government construction contracts of $100,000 or more in 2012.

COR is an occupational health and safety certification program. COR Certification is a tender and contract requirement on Yukon government projects involving construction activities. The type of work, rather than the type of contract determines if COR is required, according to Northern Safety Network Yukon (NSNY).

For this requirement, construction activities include road surfacing, gravel production and those activities defined by the Yukon Occupational Health and Safety Act: erection, alteration, repair, dismantling, demolition, structural maintenance, painting, land clearing, earth moving, grading, excavating, trenching, digging, boring, drilling, blasting or concreting and the installation of any machinery.

The Yukon government is implementing this requirement in phases. The differences between each phase are the implementation year and the minimum dollar value of the contract, according to the NSNY.

There are two types of COR recognition available in the territory — the COR for companies with 10 employees or more and the Small Employer Certificate of Recognition (SECOR) for businesses with fewer than 10 employees during peak times.

Businesses at the final stage of becoming COR or SECOR certified may submit a temporary letter of certification.

Businesses outside of Yukon may obtain COR or SECOR certification. If employers have not finished the certification process and wish to bid on a tender requiring COR, they may submit a certificate of recognition equivalency letter (COREL).

The COR program is administered by NSNY. Contractors wishing to initiate the certification process or wanting additional information may contact the NSNY at (867) 633-6673 or [email protected].

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