Certificate of Recognition FAQs

The Partners Program is a voluntary program that recognizes and provides incentive payments to agricultural employers who go beyond the legal requirements of the Workers Compensation Act and the Occupational Health and Safety Regulation, and take a best-practices approach to implementing health, safety, and return-to-work programs.
The Certificate of Recognition (COR) is awarded to employers who implement and maintain an agricultural occupational health and safety program that exceeds regulatory requirements. COR recognition is earned by employers who successfully meet and pass a set of audit standards.
COR certificates make a strong statement about how much employers value their workers and how committed they are to ensuring agricultural workers and workplaces are safe and secure from injury, illness and disease
The reward for this new, higher level of accountability is first and foremost a safer, healthier workforce but there are important financial benefits, as well. WorkSafeBC provides incentive payments to COR companies in good standing. Incentive payments are calculated using a company’s assessable payroll and the base rate for each classification unit (CU) for the incentive year.
Over time, with reduced injuries and shorter claims duration, the primary agricultural employer’s experience rated WorkSafeBC premium will reflect additional savings.
There is no cost to participate in the Certificate of Recognition. *All Non-AgSafe Members, please contact the office for more information
Primary agricultural employers wishing to register for the program should contact their Regional Safety Consultant, Advisor or the AgSafe office at 1-877-533-1789.
The incentive payment is calculated using the following calculation:
company’s reported assessable payroll x CU base rate / $100 x 10%  
EXAMPLE: If your reported payroll was $2 million and your CU base rate was $2.00, your incentive payment would be $4,000: ($2,000,000 X $2.00)/$100 x 10% = $4,000  
Employers must implement an agricultural health and safety program then successfully pass the audit prior to applying for an incentive payment for the return to work audit.
An active agricultural health and safety program helps to ensure workers and agricultural workplaces are safe and secure from injury, illness and disease. This is accomplished through identifying, assessing, and controlling risks to workers.
An agricultural audit is a comprehensive review which must be carried out by a qualified auditor, using an agricultural audit provided by AgSafe. The audit covers the basic elements required for a health and safety program and includes interview, documentation review, and first-hand observation.
COR certifications are valid for three years. Annually, every employer must conduct a maintenance audit to keep their certificate of recognition valid to be considered for an incentive payment.
Any employer, regardless of size, will benefit from a healthy and safe work environment. AgSafe can provide a modified audit standard for small employers, with the flexibility to use an internal employee trained by AgSafe to perform the audits. As well, there’s a minimum annual COR rebate (currently the lesser of $500, or one half (1/2) of what the employer has paid in premiums for the incentive year being calculated) to ensure a financial incentive is possible for even the smallest employers.
Building on the health and safety program, a return-to-work program is a crucial step to helping injured workers return to meaningful, productive work in a safe and timely manner.
Certifying Partners are typically health and safety associations relative to the industry, with knowledge to promote and develop workplace health and safety. Once an employer registers with AgSafe the Certifying Partner, AgSafe will guide the employer to implement an effective health and safety program, and help to complete and pass a qualifying audit.
Artificial Insemination or Breeding
Berry Farming
Dairy Farming or Livestock Auctioning
Egg Farming
Farm Labour Supply or Farm Services
Feed Lot
Floral Greenhouse
Fur Bearing Animal Farming
Grain Farming
Hay or Seed Farming
Hog Farming
Horse Ranching, Raising & Breeding
Hunting or Trapping
Ornamental Nursery & Floral Field Production
Poultry Farming and Related Services
Sod or Turf Farm
Vegetable Farming
Vegetable Greenhouse
White Mushroom Farming
Wild Plant Harvesting
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