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Feasibility Study Request for Proposal

The concept of the Canadian Institute for People of African Descent (CIPAD) is a community created and community led initiative, that responds to the UN Decade of People of African Descent and the need to address concerns regarding the social determinants of health for members of Canada`s African / Black Communities.

In late 2017, Caribbean African Canadian (CAFCAN) Social Services began “Meeting of the Minds, in order to engage, leadership representing African/Black Canadian communities in developing a cohesive approach to unification, research, policy, planning and advocacy.

Beginning on April 1, 2019, Meeting of the Minds expanded to include leadership representing African/Black Canadian communities large and small across Canada’s vast landscape. The focus of the conversation shifted slightly after the 2019-2020 Federal Budget Announcement.

In order to look at strategies and opportunities that may arise the participants agreed that initiatives arising from the meetings had to be national in scope and create meaningful opportunities for participation of People of African Descent in Canada.

The idea of a Canadian Institute for People of African Descent (CIPAD) was envisioned as an opportunity for African/Black Canadians to work together to identify and achieve consensus on a number of priorities regarding infrastructure. These priorities included sector mobilization in the areas of health, education, justice, governance, accountability and economic empowerment.

CIPAD’s main goal is to achieve positive outcomes for African/Black Canadian communities by building a framework to grow and sustain community capacity that is national in scope, versus a localized and individualized approach to resource development and client service delivery.

CIPAD is intended to support initiatives that value, support and promote strong African family development that is inclusive of the diversity in our communities (eg. Francophone, Anglophone, biracial, continental African, Afro-Caribbean, Afro-Latino, youth, elders, male, female, transgender, non-binary or genderqueer and differently-abled), allow us to speak clearly with a consistent, unified voice that is national in scope and enable us to be a evidence-informed resources for governments and public and private sector institutions.

Feasibility Study Request for Proposal

Proposal Process

Caribbean African Canadian Social Services (CAFCAN) the lead agency for CIPAD, is seeking proposals from eligible qualified applicants to conduct a feasibility study on the development of a Canadian Institute for People of African Descent (CIPAD).

The successful respondent(s) will be an individual, partnership or corporation that demonstrates an ability to deliver excellent results and adhere to the selection criteria, through a clear and well written response to this request for proposal (RFP).

The professionally presented response must include a proven track record of completing projects of similar scope and nature, a documented ability to engage relevant stakeholders in African/Black Communities across Canada, proof of superior report writing and knowledge of a variety of governance models and structures.

Oversight of the feasibility study will be provided by the CIPAD Ushauri, an advisory group with representation from the diverse African/Black communities across Canada.


To be completed by July 13, 2020

  1. A concept paper to guide in the planning and creation of CIPAD. The concept paper must address specific expected results such as the use of web-based, digital and social media platforms to share and gather information with Black Canadian communities in English and French, articulate priority themes, core values, core activities and delivery models for CIPAD based on the feedback provided by the Ushauri and Canadian Black communities and conduct a comparative analysis of models for similar institutes operating in Canada and abroad.
  2. An environmental scan of Black-led and Black-serving organizations across Canada and documented engagement of Black Community stakeholders to ensure that the proposed CIPAD reflects the diverse views of Black Canadian communities.
  3. Research and presentation of various governance structures, best practices and applications, locally, nationally and internationally that relate to the traditional and contemporary values of African Canadians.
  4. An implementation plan for establishing the institute over the four-year funding period. This plan must include an analysis of resources requirements including human, infrastructural and financial resources.
  5. A communications and knowledge exchange plan.
  6. Organize and host face to face, video and on-line consultations and sharing circles with the Ushauri and Black communities across Canada. Engage with relevant stakeholders (regional and national) operating in African / Black communities in spheres of education, culture, economics, business, employment, social inclusion, research and health for African Canadian communities.
  7. Hire and train community collaborators and researchers to gather “on-the-ground” and “in the community” perspectives and serve as knowledge leads in creating and hosting focus groups in representative Black/African communities.
  8. Host a two-day conference in a selected African / Black Canadian community to share the research and consultation findings, feasibility study and proposed CIPAD model with representatives of Black Canadian communities.
  9. Quarterly progress reports that keep CAFCAN, the Ushauri and other stakeholders notified and informed of the progress of the feasibility study.
  10. Prepare reports on consultations, focus groups and research findings asnecessary.
  11. A final report including articulation of the following outcomes:
    • a) readiness to implement CIPAD;
    • b) confirmation of the high priority needs of Black Canadian communities;
    • c) identified multi-sectoral partnerships which support the establishment of CIPAD,
    • d) community cohesion and connectedness amongst Black Canadians regarding the establishment and operation of CIPAD.
  12. Documentation of the CIPAD feasibility study and implementation using a variety of media.

Applicants’ Qualifications:

  1. A comprehensive understanding and knowledge of Canada’s African / Black communities,their history and experiences, successes and failures, experience with race and racism, classand classism, anti-Black racism and the catalysts for the positive and negative outcomesimpacting them as people of Black / African descent.
  2. A demonstrated understanding of the African / Black led and controlled Canadian movements large and small seeking to enhance equity, diversity, inclusion and humanrights for people of African descent in Canada;
  3. Deep knowledge of and familiarity with the history, goals and strategies ofmovements seeking to counter anti-Black racism in Canada;
  4. Excellent written and oral communication skills;
  5. Commitment and availability to travel to various parts Canada. Please be sure to include an estimation of travel cost in your proposal budget as CIPAD will not reimburse separately for travel. Travel costs must be accommodated within the managed study project budget.
  6. Demonstrated experience and qualifications of work in the area of human rights, equityand diversity.
  7. Demonstrated experience and qualifications in the areas of organizational development, community development, entrepreneurship and economic development especially as it applies to marginalized and / or disenfranchised communities in Canada.
  8. Significant experience facilitating community consultations and workshops in the African / Black Community
  9. Excellent communications skills and understandings of critical race analysis;
  10. Demonstrated history of writing excellent and accessible project reports.
  11. Demonstrated ability to grasp theoretical concepts and apply them to field research andevidence.
  12. Ability to manage budgets to achieve deliverables and outcomes.
  13. Proof that key personnel working on the study have completed the minimum requirementof an undergraduate degree in a related discipline or the equivalent in work experience.
  14. The ability to document the process for archival and study purposes.
  15. Candidates must have capacity to deliver this project in both English and French.

Feasibility Study Request for Proposal

Submission Information

Qualified Proposals will be:

  • A. Submitted electronically via email to: by 11:59 PM on February 14th, 2020
  • B. Itemized and labeled in a clear manner and include an outline of the methods and resources (human and other) that will be used to deliver all of the stated outcomes of the CIPAD feasibility study.
  • C. Inclusive of a detailed budget showing the schedule of expenditures related tothe CIPAD feasibility study.
  • D. Include a resume/curriculum vitae for each of the key personnel that will beinvolved inachieving the deliverables associated with the CIPAD feasibility study. Corporations willinclude resumes/curriculum for the project leads or project managers and the personnelresponsible for implementation.
  • E. Provide a list of your/company’s areas or industry/sectors of expertise and interest withexamples of your work history in the areas/sectors. e.g. community development, health; children and youth; housing/shelters; employment services;long-term care; parks and recreation; economic development & culture; public safety, policydevelopment; legal, finance, accounting and related corporate services; facilities management,information & technology and city planning.
  • F. Two professional references from individuals or firms for whom you or your companyprovided services in the past. Please include the date that the services were provided and therole you or your company played in the delivery of the program/service.
  • G. Statement declaring that you/your company meets all qualifications as outlined in theapplicants’ qualifications section of this request.
  • H. Submitted on 8.5 x 11-inch paper with margins of 1 inch (top and bottom) and 1 or 1.25 inches on the sides. The font should be Times New Roman, size 12pt.

We thank all applicants for your interest. Only applicants who meet the selection criteria will be contacted.

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Feasibility Study Request for Proposal