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 (2023–2033)

The City is in the process of developing the Richmond Accessibility Plan 2023–2033 (the Plan), which will guide the advancement of accessibility in Richmond, in collaboration with the community, over the next 10 years.

In February 2023, the City completed its first phase of engagement to support the development of the Plan, which included working with people with disabilities and the individuals and organizations that support them to identify barriers within the community. Findings from the engagement were used to help inform the development of the draft Plan.

On Oct 23, 2023, City Council approved the Draft Richmond Accessibility Plan in principle. Public engagement through LetsTalkRichmond.ca was launched on November 6 and ran until December 10, 2023 to receive feedback on the draft Plan and accessibility in Richmond. The City is currently in the process of reviewing feedback from public that will be used to help finalize the Plan. The final Plan will be presented to City Council in 2024.


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.

Access and Inclusion Policy 4012


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

The 2024 City of Richmond Enhanced Accessibility Design Guidelines and Technical Specifications (the Guidelines) is the result of a collaborative effort that involved contributions from community organizations who support people with disabilities in Richmond, City of Richmond staff, and civil engineering and accessibility consultants. The Guidelines are used in the development of all City major capital projects and retrofits of current facilities to promote barrier-free access and enhanced accessibility that go beyond the requirements of the BC Building Code. The 2024 Guidelines have been expanded from the original 2018 version to include a wider range of accessibility considerations and universal design concepts and to ensure City practices continue to align with national standards. The Guidelines are intended to assist City staff and the development community in the incorporation of accessibility features in City-owned or City leased premises. They are also provided to the public as a resource on an information-only basis.

Enhanced Accessibility Design Guidelines 

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.

Accessible Events Checklist


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.

2021-2031 Collaborative Action Plan to Reduce and Prevent Poverty in Richmond


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.