Request for Proposals – CLRI Website Redesign

Posted Date: April 30, 2018 Posted By: Scott Mitchell

Ontario’s Centres for Learning, Research and Innovation in Long-Term Care (CLRI) are seeking an experienced web developer to redesign the CLRI website (, in both English and French, in order to support the implementation of our new strategic directions and joint communications plan. The project includes a visual redesign to reflect our new branding, navigation redesign to improve the user experience, functional upgrades to enable interaction with site visitors, and backend integration with third-party products or services to enhance productivity and collaboration among the three centres.

For details, download the Request for Proposals — CLRI Website Redesign.

Proposals must be submitted by email to Scott Mitchell at no later than Monday, May 21, 2018 at 5:00 pm.


2018-05-14: Due to the May 21 holiday (Victoria Day), the RFP deadline has been extended until Tuesday, May 22, at 5 pm.


Q: Will you consider proposals for a content management system other than WordPress?
A: The team will consider all proposals. The RFP expresses a preference for WordPress, partly because the current site uses that CMS. Sticking with the same platform eliminates the need to migrate our existing content to a new system. The resource library, which constitutes the main content area, also uses some custom plugins that would need to be replaced if we move to a new CMS, requiring additional development time. Vendors who propose using a different CMS are encouraged to articulate the advantages of the proposed CMS in comparison to WordPress, and to address the issue of data migration. If there are licensing and maintenance costs for the proposed CMS, that information should be included as well.

Q: Is the budget flexible?
A: If the vendor determines that all requirements outlined in the RFP cannot be met within the budget amount specified by CLRI, then the vendor is encouraged to submit a proposal with an itemized budget that would allow CLRI to prioritize and possibly eliminate some requirements.

Q: Is the scope flexible? Which requirements are must-haves?
A: See answer above re budget. The core objective is to improve the user experience. Must-have requirements are those directly related to that goal, including visual design, accessibility, French translation, and site navigation (particularly within the resource library).