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RFP--Food Security Policy Development, Healthy Communities, Oxford County Public Health & Emergency Services

Oxford County, Ontario
Deadline November 16, 2012

Oxford County’s food security vision is for a policy in each of its eight area municipalities that promotes a healthy, sustainable community in which children, adults and seniors have access to affordable and healthy foods.

Requirement: The development of a food security policy in the eight municipalities of Oxford County.

In 2010, Oxford County Public Health & Emergency Services (OCPHES), under the Healthy Communities Initiative, engaged in a community priority-setting exercise in which food security was identified as a priority.

OCPHES has now submitted an application to the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care’s Healthy Community Fund Partnership Stream Funding envelope (“the funding”). This funding will be used to contract a consultant to oversee the implementation of the project, including the coordination of town hall meetings with each of the eight municipalities, and will lead them in the development of a food security policy for their community. The consultant will be required to present his or her report to each municipal council and community. Oxford’s municipalities are Blandford-Blenheim, East Zorra-Tavistock, Ingersoll, Norwich, South-West Oxford, Tillsonburg, Woodstock and Zorra.

Project overview

The goal of this project is to conduct a literature review of available research regarding food security development in rural communities. Once the literature review is completed, the consultant will develop a survey tool and conduct telephone interviews with municipal leaders from each community to develop a needs assessment. The consultant will also hold town hall meetings in each community to mobilize them in a policy setting exercise and prepare a report to recommend policy actions.


  • Develop a schedule and work plan
  • Literature review and report
  • Telephone interviews
  • Schedule and conduct (8) town hall meetings
  • Coordinate policy setting exercises
  • Analyze information collected
  • Final report/presentation

Required skills

  • Advanced research skills
  • Policy development experience
  • Experience working with municipal leaders
  • Demonstrated analytical, critical thinking, and synthesis skills
  • Demonstrated experience in report writing
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills

Submission requirements

The proposal must include:

  • A work plan, program deliverables, timelines and budget
  • Proposal should not exceed 10 pages
  • Curriculum vitae and cover letter outlining related project experience
  • Samples of previous policy development

Deadline for submission: November 16, 2012 at 4:30 p.m. by email to contact listed below.


Selected candidates will be interviewed the week of November 19, 2012. It is anticipated the project will start December 1, 2012 with a required completion date of March 31, 2013.


Quotations should not exceed $40,000 including taxes and expenses.

More information

Information about Oxford County, an upper-tier municipality in southwestern Ontario, is at . Information about Healthy Communities activity by Oxford County Public Health to date is at

For information about this RFP please contact:

Susan MacIsaac
Manager, Health Promotion
Oxford County Public Health & Emergency Services
410 Buller Street
Woodstock, Ontario   N4S 4N2