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Rugby Ontario is requesting proposals from individuals or a team of individuals to provide training and consulting services as part of their ‘Build Belonging’ project designed to enhance inclusion, diversity, equity, and accessibility practices across the organization and throughout rugby clubs across the province.

To learn more about the role and how to apply, please see the detailed RFP on SIRC’s Job Board here. Interested applicants have until November 28th, 2022.

About Rugby Ontario’s “Build Belonging” Project:

In Summer 2022, Rugby Ontario was awarded an Ontario Trillium Foundation – Resilient Communities Fund grant to reflect on and reimagine their systems for recruitment, retention, and program delivery with the goal of making rugby more welcoming, inclusive, and representative of their diverse communities. Specifically, the goal of the ‘Build Belonging’ project is to increase rugby participation amongst underrepresented and equity-deserving groups in Ontario through a community-driven approach to enhancing inclusion, diversity, equity and accessibility practices (IDEA) across the organization and throughout rugby clubs across the province.

The key project objectives are as follows:

1. Provide IDEA training and education to Rugby Ontario (RO) board members, employees, and club-nominated leaders (Phase 1)

2. Explore barriers to participation and retention among underrepresented groups and communities served by RO clubs (Phase 1)

3. Adapt or create rugby programming and recruitment practices to better meet the needs of communities (Phase 2)

4. Adapt operational policies and governance practices to eliminate barriers to participation and instill inclusive practices in our rugby community (Phase 2)

5. Develop a “Rugby for All” marketing strategy, complete with ‘how-to’ guides/toolkits to support sustainable implementation of club-led community-based interventions (Phase 2/3)

6. Evaluate the utility of training and working groups in adapting RO practices and enhancing overall IDEA (Phase 3)

The project is taking place over the course of a year and will be executed in four key phases, beginning with a preparation phase, which is currently underway.


Please direct any questions about the RFP or the Build Belonging project to:

Meghan Harlow

Project Manager, Rugby Ontario

About Rugby Ontario:

Rugby Ontario is the Provincial Sport Organization for rugby in Ontario. Our mission is to lead, support, and promote ‘Rugby for All’ from our communities to clubs to Province. Working with our member clubs we are looking to make rugby one of the most appealing, accessible, and inclusive sporting activities available today.

For more information about Rugby Ontario, please visit our website.