Researcher: Systems Map & Report

Date Posted: Jun 12, 2019
Application Deadline: Jun 25, 2019

Salary Range: Other
Additional Salary Information: N/A
Province: Ontario
Region: Metro Toronto Area
City: Toronto
Employee Benefits: N/A
Organization's Field/Discipline: Cultural Industries
Job's focus: Creative & Administrative
Job Type: Requests for Proposals
Career Level: Doesn’t apply

Organization Description


POV 3rd Street was established in 2007 by members of the film, TV and commercial production industries who were interested in increasing access to employment in their field and broadening its diversity.

Job Description

About POV 3rd Street

POV aims to strengthen and diversify Toronto’s TV & Film production sector by training youth from marginalized and underrepresented communities into a reliable, skilled, and qualified workforce.  POV connects barriered young people and creatives with short-term and practical job opportunities that help them break into the industry.  With industry partners that are engaged at each stage with planning, design, and delivery of our programs, training is tailored to sector hiring needs.  Soft skills development and wraparound supports are provided during programming and up to one-year post employment facilitated through community and industry partners.

Scope of project

The film, television and media based industry in Toronto experienced significant year over year growth to the tune of $2 billion for the City’s economy in 2016 and the creation of 30,000 jobs. Recognizing this growth, in 2017, the City of Toronto endorsed the report Spotlight on Toronto: Strategic Action Plan for the Film, Television and Digital Media Industry to attract investment and partnerships in screen-based industries, build the sectors’ competitive advantage, and to develop a diverse workforce development pipeline to drive growth. The strategic plan calls on the City to collaborate with sector partners like POV 3rd Street and United Way of Greater Toronto, to develop a workforce strategy that is rooted in diversity and inclusion and to engage underrepresented and equity seeking groups in the industry.
To make meaningful strides towards achieving this, a more holistic view of key stakeholders in this space is needed and will enable the funders like the City to better target financial supports that can help to establish sustainable partnerships among industry, community and government.  The deliverables generated in this project will provide a strong signal and a useful template to advance discussions in the TV and Film production industry on equity and employment initiatives, especially as the Toronto Film, Television and Digital Media Advisory Committee is being re-constituted in June 2019.
In addition, greater understanding of the output and effectiveness of existing training programs will assist funders in targeting equity incentives, which offers economic benefits to TV & Film production industry to hire from underrepresented communities. The current impediment to leveraging this model is the lack of a sustainable pipeline of qualified candidates. To rectify this, this project looks to map out the system and to coordinate it accordingly in order to leverage diverse and underrepresented talent and develop them into a reliable, skilled and trained workforce.
It is therefore necessary to develop a systems map that accomplishes the following goals:

  1. Identifies the required and relevant skills, training and experience for marginalized youth to break into the industry and access real pathways to employment
  2. Maps the complex and multifaceted barriers underrepresented youth face to enter and maintain employment in the TV & Film production industry, referencing existing research in this area
  3. Identifies mechanisms that support/hinder the key gatekeepers for hiring in the sector who employ youth facing barriers looking to break into the industry
  4. Identifies key stakeholders and existing interventions that engage the TV & Film production industry specifically to work with marginalized youth populations in the GTHA
  5. Maps the entry/mid-level gaps and existing opportunities in the TV and Film production industry overall, given its rapid growth
  6. Identifies benefits, and the risks if not pursued, associated to the collaborative & cross sectoral development of a diverse workforce of talent that addresses the skilled needs of the growing TV & Film production industry 
While there are community-based programs that provide media training for diverse youth, such programs aren’t always oriented towards creating a pathway to employment and frequently work in isolation from one another or from key industry players, such as unions, studios and production companies. Many of these efforts and programs are disconnected from one another, and occur in a largely piecemeal manner.  Furthermore, while city-wide research has been conducted on youth unemployment and diversity in the TV and Film production industries separately, little research has been done at the intersection of these two areas: that is, diverse youth who face barriers to employment and want to break into the TV & Film production industry. 
Ensuring that diverse youth benefit from the growth in Toronto's TV and Film production workforce will require a greater understanding of the unique barriers they face as well as comprehensive effort in mapping the existing opportunities for this population.
Lived experiences of diverse creatives along with several empirical studies tells us that barriers faced by underrepresented groups when breaking into the TV and Film production industries are complex and multifaceted. The consensus is that 'who you know' is critical to obtaining paid employment. Underrepresented youth face the double bind of having to confront systemic/structural barriers while also lacking the social capital and access to exclusive industry networks needed to break in.  Furthermore, creative economies often require periods of unpaid work experience and the investment of one’s own financial resources before reaching a sustainable and stable employment situation. This, of course, is a privilege that many youth from marginalized communities simply cannot afford.
  • Develop a systems map that identifies and connects the existing and potential network and type of stakeholders in the public and private sector that offer support, mentoring and technical training to youth seeking to break into the TV & Film production industries
  • Through stakeholder consultations, generate a synthesized report that identifies key players, priorities, gaps, occupational standards, funding availability and best practices for workforce development & for marginalized youth to break into the TV & Film production sector, with advice for further development of these potential players, including but not limited to community organizations, businesses in TV & Film production, and government
  • Develop assets that translates research findings and focuses on the “what’s in it for me” for key stakeholders in the project including industry, community, and funders.  Beyond simply identifying findings, it should draw a clear picture of the implications and assist in creating a narrative that will appeal to these diverse audiences.


RFP Released June.03.2019
Last day of questions from applicants June.19.2019
Proposal/Application Submission deadline June.25.2019
Interviews of Candidates July 10-12 2019
Selection and awarding of contract July.18.2019
Present project plan July.25.2019
Stakeholder consultations Fall 2019
Deliverables presented to POV January 2020
Support POV in delivery of findings March 2020

Additional Info:

Selection Criteria
A review team will evaluate each proposal using specific criteria, including:       
  • Understanding of the project requirements
  • Understanding of scope and related knowledge
  • Expertise and skills related knowledge
  • Expertise and skills related to the project scope
  • Ability to work collaboratively with all partners of this project including staff from POV, The City of Toronto, UWGT and all industry and community partners
  • Ability to manage this project as necessary to meet deadline and deliver high-quality deliverables
 Reporting relationship
This project is part of the xoTO Screen Industry Pathway program, which seeks to have a more inclusive TV & Film industry in Toronto. It is being funded by UWGT’s Youth Success Strategy in partnership with the City of Toronto.  While the consultant will report to POV, who maintains direct management responsibility of this project, there is an advisory team that oversees this research made up of these partners.  POV’s Executive Director will provide support and guidance for the duration of this project based on ongoing input and suggestions from this advisory team.

Proposal requirements (Mandatory)
The proposal should not exceed 2,500 words in total, including details on how the budget will be used, but excluding appendices (CV, work samples, references, etc…).  Type size should be 12pt.  The following specific content is required in the proposal:
Name and contact information

Reference Information
  • Description of the applicant’s work, including experience related to project scope
  • List of similar projects currently or previously undertaken
  • Names and contact information of three references for whom the applicant has completed relevant projects
  • 2-3 work samples by applications
Overview of the applicant’s understanding of the scope and requirements of the project, and the approach that the application will take.
  • A project proposal with rationale for chosen methods and tools.
  • A work plan that takes into account the deliverables and implementation
  • A clear breakdown of the tasks, showing the amount of time each member of the consultant team will spend on this project
  • A brief description of how the applicant would work with POV staff managing the project.
  • A budget for the total cost of the work, including all personnel, materials, and other expenses


A maximum of $50,000 with justification through daily consultancy rates. 

How to Apply:

Application deadline
Please submit one (1) electronic copy of your proposal before 12 pm on June 25, 2019 to:
              Biju Pappachan
              Executive Director
              Subject/Reference: RFP: Systems map & report