TORONTO -Infrastructure Ontario (IO) is proud to be 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.

Earlier this year, the Ontario General Contractors Association (OGCA) and MySafeWork, a not-for-profit organization and registered charity, teamed up to promote safety for all workers in the province.

At the OGCA Safety Awards event in Mississauga. Rob Ellis, leader of the League of Champions, and Clive Thurston, President of the OGCA, presented Lawrence Quinn, Senior Vice President from Infrastructure Ontario, with IO's Team Canada jersey. The jersey is symbolic of the commitment to working with industry to make safety a priority for everyone.

To raise the bar on safety, IO has phased in enhanced performance requirements on all of its larger construction projects.  For example, the Certificate of Recognition (COR) occupational health and safety accreditation program is being implemented as part of a broader construction safety strategy.

Quick Facts

  • Effective September 1, 2016, COR is mandatory for major projects (generally over $100 million) using the Alternative Financing and Procurement (AFP) model
  • Effective spring 2017, companies will need to demonstrate they have applied for COR certification for traditionally-delivered real estate projects (over $10 million)
  • Effective spring 2018, COR will become a mandatory requirement for these traditional projects
  • For demolition projects, IO has adopted the Professional Engineers of Ontario (PEO) guidelines


Lawrence Quinn, Senior Vice-President, Project Management, InfrastructureOntario
“Infrastructure Ontario believes strongly in standing beside our industry partners as champions of health and safety.  We value the well-being of our employees, clients, industry partners and the public.  IO is committed to making safety a priority on all of our job sites across Ontario, including in our own office space.  Leadership starts from within.”

Clive Thurston, President, Ontario General Contractors Association
“I am delighted that Infrastructure Ontario has enthusiastically joined the League of Champions to support the creation of a safety culture throughout the construction industry. The province is the largest buyer of construction and Infrastructure Ontario's leadership with COR and the League of Champions will have an immediate and lasting impact on health and safety.”

Learn More about 

Infrastructure Ontario
League of Champions
Ontario General Contractors Association

Media Contacts

Jeff Giffen
Infrastructure Ontario

Lyndsy Miceli

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