Regional Diversity Roundtable Request for Proposal

Deadline date: 
Monday, September 30, 2019 - 5:00pm
Fixed date
RFP status: 

1. Purpose of Call for Proposals

The Regional Diversity Roundtable (RDR) is seeking proposals from experienced and qualified facilitators interested in collaborating to roll-out and facilitate the next (CLP) being hosted by RDR. The CLP is an innovative ‘diversity, equity and inclusion’ (DEI) leadership program in Peel Region, from December 2019 to September 2020. The Facilitation contract will run from November 2019 to September 2020.

RDR’s Diversity & Inclusion Charter Community Leadership Program (2017-2018) pilot curriculum is being updated, informed by learnings and feedback from a pilot round and from a stakeholder committee.

The programming is ideally suited for delivery by a two-person team. There will be 30-35 leadership programming participants representing a diverse range of the Peel population. All programming will be delivered in Mississauga and Brampton.

2. Time Commitment And Key Dates

The next CLP will launch with a short Meet & Greet launch event in December, run for one Saturday a month from January to July (7 day-long sessions), and close with a graduation event  in September 2020 (see table below for the full list of CLP programming dates).

The time commitment for the Facilitation Team will be to prepare for and facilitate seven day-long sessions from January to July 2020, and participate in regular orientation and touchpoint meetings or calls with RDR staff.

Dates and Key CLP Events

  • Wed. 4 Dec. 2019 CLP Meet & Greet Launch evening event
  • Sat. 18 Jan. 2020 programming day 1 (9:30-4:30)
  • Sat. 22 Feb. 2020 programming day 2
  • Sat. 28 Mar. 2020 programming day 3
  • Sat. 25 Apr. 2020 programming day 4
  • Sat. 30 May 2020 programming day 5
  • Sat. 20 June 2020 programming day 6
  • Sat. 18 July 2020 programming day 7
  • Sat. 19 Sept. 2020 Graduation & Community Projects Expo event

3. Remuneration

The maximum available funding for this contract is $5,760 CAD (inclusive of all taxes and expenses). The funds will be disbursed in two installments, the first to be paid upon signing of the contract.

 4. Background: Regional Diversity Roundtable

The Regional Diversity Roundtable (RDR) is a non-profit membership organization committed to building inclusion and diversity competence that results in institutionalizing equity in the core values, structures, workforces, policies and services of Peel Region’s public and human services sectors.

Vision: To promote respect and equity within organizations and institutions for an inclusive and harmonious community

Mission:  To be a leader in supporting organizations and institutions to be diverse and equitable in order to provide services that are fair, inclusive and culturally appropriate

Values:  Diversity - Equity - Inclusion - Respect - Social Justice

5. Additional Background: Diversity & Inclusion Charter ‘Community Leadership Program’

In response to growing opportunities and challenges in one of the fastest-growing regions in Canada, the D&I Charter (or just the Charter) is a regional initiative to foster inclusion and equity in the community. The Charter and its supporting Backgrounder and Guidelines were developed through extensive community consultations.

Launched in April 2013 with over 100 endorsing individuals and organizations, the Charter’s goal is to ensure the full inclusion of all who live, work and play in Peel Region. Its vision is an inclusive Peel that values, respects and embraces diversity and equity so that everyone can achieve their full potential.

The Charter seeks to enable Peel’s residents, communities, organizations (including public, private and non-profit) and governments to cooperatively create change and strive for the Charter’ s vision through the implementation of its commitments.

Information on history and development of the Charter are available at the D&I Charter website. Phase 3 involved the pilot round of the ‘Community Leadership Program’, developed and delivered in 2017-2018. The D&I Charter’s second Community Leadership Program in 2020, builds on the successful initial pilot, and marks Phase 4 of the initiative. The CLP is funded by the Ontario Trillium Foundation.

6. Application & Selection

Please provide the following information in your application no later than 30 September at 5:00 pm.

  • Detailed CVs for each team member
  • One letter of interest that outlines the team’s experience in (i) community development and (ii) training and facilitation (Be sure to highlight how your experience relates to working with diverse communities!)
  • 3 recent references for relevant projects

Lived experience/belonging to an equity-seeking group is an asset.

Interested consultants must email their applications in one combined PDF or Word file to Varsha Naik, Executive Director,, with the subject line “RFP: CLP Facilitation Contract”, by 30 September 2019 at 5:00 pm.

Only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted. For all other inquiries please contact RDR at 905-232-7371.

RDR is committed to equitable hiring practices. We will make reasonable accommodations to support candidates based on any of the human rights protected grounds.

 The Diversity & Inclusion Charter of Peel was developed through an inclusive and participatory process initiated and facilitated by RDR. A staged, collaborative multi-stakeholder process based on dialogues with diverse communities ensured buy-in and ownership by a broad range of civic sector actors from across Peel Region.