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


Submission Deadline: September 24, 2021 at 5:00PM
Legal Name: Indian Associations Co-coordinating Committee of Ontario Inc. o/a Chiefs of Ontario
Address: 468 Queen St E, Suite 400, Toronto, ON M5A 1T7
Telephone Number: (416) 597-1266
Facsimile Number: (416) 597-8365
Email Address:


Attention: COO Director of Education, Julia Candlish

A proposal must be submitted as a PDF file. The proposal must be received by the Chiefs of Ontario no later than the deadline date. A proposal submitted in any other manner or late may be disqualified.

The proposal shall be irrevocably open for acceptance and binding on the Facilitator for fourteen (14) days after the Submission Deadline date.


You are invited to submit a proposal for a project by the Chiefs of Ontario to produce a report on returns to post-secondary education for First Nation 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 nationhood. The main objective of the Chiefs of Ontario office is to facilitate the discussion, planning, implementation and evaluation of all local, regional and national matters affecting the First Nations people of Ontario. Guided by the Chiefs in Assembly, COO upholds the self-determination efforts of the Anishinaabek, Mushkegowuk, Onkwehonwe, and Lenape Peoples in protecting and exercising their inherent and Treaty rights.

The COO Education Sector is currently working to support First Nations and Provincial Territorial Organizations in Ontario as they carry out engagement on First Nations post-secondary education. The engagement process is the result of a recommendation in the First Nations Post-Secondary Policy Proposal, in which the Assembly of First Nations called on the federal government to provide a three-year funding commitment for First Nations across Canada to develop new regional models for federal programs that support First Nation 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 Nation post-secondary students in Ontario.

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


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

  • Describe existing gaps in post-secondary education between Ontario’s First Nation and non-First Nation populations.
  • Discuss the available research on private and public returns to post-secondary education – including, but not limited to, the areas of health, culture, government support expenditures, innovation, etc. – paying attention to issues in First Nation communities.
  • Use appropriate data and quantitative techniques to estimate the private and public benefits of post-secondary education for First Nation peoples in Ontario, with a clear discussion of assumptions and methodology.
  • Examine evidence on cost-effective approaches to higher PSE attainment for First Nation peoples, including financial aid (loan and grant) programs.

Throughout, attention should be paid to data and other informational gaps, as well as differences between on- and off-reserve First Nation peoples.

For more information, please download the full RFP here: 21-09-09 Request for Proposals: COO Education Sector – Economic Analysis of Post-Secondary Attainment for First Nation Students