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Community of Excellence for Sport and Wellness Initiative

Endorsed by Council in 2007, the “Community of Excellence for Sport and Wellness” initiative is a partnership-based initiative aimed at positioning Richmond to be the best place for residents to play and achieve their highest potential, while also being a model for a ‘Sport for Life’ community in Canada and the world. This initiative is comprised of four complementary and integrated strategies:

  • Community Wellness Strategy
  • Richmond Sport for Life Strategy (2010 - 2015)
  • Olympic and Paralympic Involvement and Legacy
  • Richmond Sport Hosting Strategy

Community Wellness Strategy 2010-2015 
Endorsed by Council in February 2010, the PDF Document Richmond Community Wellness Strategy is intended to provide a strategic framework to guide the planning and development of wellness-promoting programs and activities throughout Richmond. This strategy was developed in partnership between the City of Richmond, Vancouver Coastal Health and the Richmond School District.


When first conceived, the Community Wellness Strategy was focused on achieving an increase in physical activity as a way of reaching the City’s vision. However, after the consultative interviews and feedback, it became clear that physical wellness cannot happen independently. It correlates strongly with residents having a sense of connectedness to their community, and a sense of wellness and well-being.  The three key desired outcomes for this strategy are for Richmond citizens to have:

  • Increased permanent commitment to wellness and well-being
  • Increased physical activity and physical fitness
  • Increased sense of connectedness to community – a feeling of belonging

Richmond Community Wellness Strategy Impact Report 
Since the endorsement of the Community Wellness Strategy in 2010, the City, along with Vancouver Coastal Health, Richmond School District No. 38 and a range of community partners, have worked both collaboratively and independently to improve wellness in the community.

As the Strategy nears the end of its life, the three partners have reviewed the impact of their work. The Richmond Community Wellness Strategy Impact Report 2010-2015, presented to the Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services Committee in October 2015, highlights the accomplishments towards the strategic directions and the impact that the associated actions have had on the community. This report also presents recommendations for the next steps of an updated wellness strategy.

The development of an updated strategy is currently underway. 

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Healthy Richmond 2012 
To provide a local perspective on health and wellness issues to support the ongoing monitoring and evaluation of the Richmond Community Wellness Strategy, Vancouver Coast Health developed the Healthy Richmond Survey in 2012. 

Or find out more about how this information is being shared with the community and used to influence decision-making at Healthy Richmond.

To view the full report, please visit

My Health My Community
My Health My Community is a new web-based health and wellness survey that will give residents the opportunity to help influence their community’s health priorities. This innovative new initiative was created through a joint partnership between Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH), the Fraser Health Authority (FHA) and the UBC Faculty of Medicine eHealth Strategy Office.

My Health My Community, the follow up to the 2012 Healthy Richmond Survey,  will help us learn how our lifestyles, our neighbourhoods and our environment, all work together to affect our overall health and well-being. The information collected will be used in partnership with local governments, healthcare planners, academia and community stakeholders to shape future programs and community services that will benefit individuals and whole communities.

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Richmond Sport for Life Strategy
Endorsed by Council in November 2010, the process of developing the
PDF Document Richmond Sport for Life Strategy (2010-2015) was a collaborative effort between the City and the various Richmond agencies and community organizations involved in the delivery of sports programs and services in Richmond. The vision outlined in the strategy is that, "All Richmond residents have access to a full range of opportunities in order to experience the passion and joy of participating in sport and physical activity.  Richmond has integrated the delivery of recreation, school physical education/athletics and community sport, to enable all citizens to reach their full potential within the ‘physical literacy’, ‘enhanced sport achievement’ and ‘active for life’ framework".

Richmond Sport Hosting Strategy
Sport hosting is the staging of competitive sporting events and sport related meetings that attract visitors to Richmond as spectators, officials, competitors or delegates. In January 2009, the City of Richmond adopted a Sport Hosting Strategy, which included:

  • Establishment of a Richmond Sport Hosting Office within the City with a mandate to serve as a one-stop-shop for sport hosting in Richmond and proactively pursue attraction of major provincial, national and international sporting events.
  • Establishment of a Richmond Sport Hosting Task Force, comprised of key stakeholders from the City, sport, tourism and the Oval, with a mandate to provide assistance and guidance to the Richmond Sport Hosting Office.
  • Recruitment of an experienced Sport Hosting Manager.
  • Establishment of a benchmarking and operational performance measurement process, compliant with the Sport Tourism Economic Assessment model (STEAM guidelines) developed by the Canadian Sport Tourism Alliance.

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