Request for Proposals: COO Education Sector – Economic Analysis of Post-Secondary Education Level of First Nations Students




Submission deadline: September 24, 2021 at 5:00 p.m.
Legal name: Indian Associations Co-coordinating Committee of Ontario Inc. o / a Chiefs of Ontario
Address: 468 Queen Street East, Suite 400, Toronto, ON M5A 1T7
Phone number: (416) 597-1266
Fax number: (416) 597-8365
Email address: [email protected]


Attention COO, Julia Candlish, Director of Education

A proposal must be submitted as a PDF file. The proposal must be received by the Chiefs of Ontario on or before the deadline. A proposal submitted in any other way or late may be disqualified.

The proposal will be irrevocably open for acceptance and will engage the Facilitator for fourteen (14) days after the submission deadline.


You are invited to submit a proposal for a Chiefs of Ontario project to report on the performance of post-secondary education for First Nations learners in the Ontario region.


Chiefs of Ontario (COO) supports all First Nations in Ontario as they assert their sovereignty, jurisdiction and their chosen expression of their national identity. The primary purpose of the Office of the Chiefs of Ontario is to facilitate discussion, planning, implementation and evaluation of all local, regional and national issues affecting First Nations peoples in Ontario. Guided by the Chiefs-in-Assembly, the COO supports the self-determination efforts of the Anishinaabek, Mushkegowuk, Onkwehonwe and Lenape peoples in the protection and exercise of their inherent and treaty rights.

The Chief Operating Officer Education Sector is currently working to support First Nations and Ontario provincial and territorial organizations in their commitment to First Nations post-secondary education. The engagement process is the result of a recommendation from the First Nations Post-Secondary Education Policy Proposal, in which the Assembly of First Nations called on the federal government to provide a three-year financial commitment to First Nations. across Canada to develop new regional models of federal programs that support First Nations post-secondary students. The culmination of the engagement process will be a final report for the Ontario region, including recommendations for new regional models that will support the individual needs of First Nations post-secondary students in Ontario.

As part of the engagement process, the Education Sector COO seeks the services of a consultant to estimate the private and social returns to post-secondary education for First Nations learners in Ontario, including a benefit analysis. financial assistance programs for post-secondary studies. This work will help inform the development of proposals for new regional models of post-secondary education financial assistance programs, policies and services for First Nations students in Ontario.


The successful bidder for this project will produce a report that:

  • Describe the gaps in post-secondary education between First Nations and non-Indigenous populations in Ontario.
  • Discuss available research on private and public returns to post-secondary education – including, but not limited to, the areas of health, culture, government support spending, innovation, etc. – by paying attention to the problems of First Nations communities.
  • Use appropriate quantitative data and techniques to estimate the private and public benefits of post-secondary education for First Nations people in Ontario, with a clear discussion of assumptions and methodology.
  • To review the evidence on cost-effective approaches to improving the level of PSE for First Nations people, including financial assistance programs (loans and grants).

Throughout the process, attention should be paid to data and other information gaps, as well as the differences between First Nations people living on and off reserve.

For more information, please download the entire call for tenders here: 09-21-09 Request for Proposals: COO Education Sector – Economic Analysis of Post-Secondary Education Level of First Nations Students



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