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The What Works Toolkit

From: Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada

The Government of Canada is launching a request for proposal for the development of tools and resources for Canadian organizations to implement equality, diversity and inclusion practices within their workforce.

The What Works Toolkit will be available to all 50 – 30 Challenge participants and all Canadian organizations.

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What is the What Works Toolkit

The What Works Toolkit will be an online toolkit, designed for Canadian organizations looking to adopt equity and diversity initiatives within their organizations. It will include resources designed to set out policies and approaches for recruitment, mentoring, promoting, and retention of board members and employees, as well as anti-racism, anti-harassment, and inclusive workplace strategies, and other related relevant activities and initiatives.

The toolkit could also feature examples from Canadian organizations, profiling diversity successes, for participants to replicate or to use as models in developing their own diversity plans.

The toolkit will be available to each of the three streams of Challenge participants and Canadian organizations (large organizations, small and medium-sized enterprises and not-for-profits, universities and charities), and reflect regional and/or sectoral resources where appropriate.

Who is eligible to apply

Applicants must demonstrate they have a minimum of five (5) years' experience, within the last fifteen (15) years, supporting diversity and inclusion change management initiatives within for profit and/or not for profit organizations.

Applicants must demonstrate they have an established ability to collaborate with organizations that specialize in issues relating to diversity and inclusion. Applicants must demonstrate that the combination of their own expertise and that of external organizations ensures access to expertise for at least three of the following five population groups: women, racialized persons including Black Canadians, persons living with disabilities, people who identify as LGBTQ2, and First Nations, Inuit, and Métis peoples.

A complete list of criteria is available on Government of Canada's procurement portal.

How it will work

Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada will review and assess all submissions. It is intended to award the contract for one year to the successful applicant.

How to apply

Applicants are invited to apply through the Government of Canada's procurement portal.

Applicants will have until August 5, 2021 (5 pm PST) to submit their applications.

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