Policy & Planning
Policy & Planning for Accessibility
The City of Richmond is committed to furthering accessibility in the community through its policy and planning, so people with disabilities are able to participate fully in all aspects of community life.
Richmond Accessibility Plan (2023–2028)
The City is in the process of developing its first Richmond Accessibility Plan (2023–2028) (the Plan), which will help to guide the City’s work to advance accessibility in the community, in collaboration with community organizations and residents.
In February 2023, the City completed its first phase of engagement to support the development of the Plan, which included working with community organizations and residents with disabilities, their families and caregivers to identify the barriers within the community for people with disabilities. Findings from the engagement are intended to be used to help inform the development of proposed actions for inclusion in the draft Plan, which will be presented to City Council in fall 2023. Once the draft Plan is approved in principle by City Council, additional engagement with the public will be held to provide further opportunities to share feedback on accessibility in Richmond and the draft Plan.
Access & Inclusion Policy 4012
Access and Inclusion Policy 4012 provides the policy framework for the City to further advance accessibility and inclusion in Richmond and to foster a more welcoming and inclusive environment for everyone that lives, works and plays here.
Richmond Accessibility Advisory Committee
The new Council-adopted Richmond Accessibility Advisory Committee held its first meeting on April 12, 2023. The Committee acts as a resource and provides advice to City Council to support the advancement of accessibility in the city.
For further information regarding the Richmond Accessibility Advisory Committee, visit the Advisory Bodies
Enhanced Accessibility Design Guidelines and Technical Specifications
On Oct 22, 2018, City Council adopted the Enhanced Accessibility Design Guidelines and Technical Specifications to assist City staff and the development community in incorporating accessibility features in City-owned facilities that go beyond the BC Building Code requirements for accessibility in public buildings.
Accessible Events Checklist
The Accessible Events Checklist was created to assist with ensuring that City and City-supported events are physically accessible. By considering the event checklist, event planners can ensure that participants’ accessibility needs have been taken into account.
Policy & Planning for Poverty Reduction
To effectively reduce and prevent poverty, a collaborative approach is needed that involves all levels of government, community organizations and residents, including residents with lived/living experience working together. The City of Richmond is committed to furthering poverty reduction and prevention in Richmond through community-informed planning that works with community-based organizations and residents to address current and emerging needs in the community.
Collaborative Action Plan to Reduce and Prevent Poverty in Richmond (2021–2031)
On December 6, 2021, City Council adopted the 2021-2031 Collaborative Action Plan to Reduce and Prevent Poverty in Richmond, which will help to guide the City’s approach, in collaboration with the community, to reduce and prevent poverty in Richmond over the next 10 years. This plan sets out four strategic directions and 26 recommended actions to be completed over a 10 year period.
Community Poverty Reduction and Prevention Table
The Community Poverty Reduction and Prevention Table was established to advance actions identified in the 2021–2031 Collaborative Action Plan to Reduce and Prevent Poverty in Richmond. The Table meets bi-monthly and is comprised of representatives from community organizations and residents with lived/living experience.