Alberta's minister of employment and immigration unveiled stricter guidelines for employers trying to keep their "certificate of recognition", a safety credential that allows companies special benefits, like the opportunity to bid on some government projects.

"Losing a COR is bad for business," said Minister of Employment and Immigration Thomas Lukaszuk. "However, Albertans have the right to work in safe and healthy conditions. We're putting employers on notice: after July 1, we'll be launching reviews as soon after a workplace incident as possible."

The province says effective July 1, Alberta employers who experience on-site fatalities, serious injuries or multiple stop work orders may face an immediate review of their safety accreditation.