Richmond is BC’s fourth largest city, with a current population estimated at 225,000 that is projected to grow to 280,000 by 2041.
Richmond is an island community surrounded by water. Located at the mouth of the Fraser River in the heart of the ecologically and environmentally important Fraser Estuary and Pacific Flyway, half of the City remains open space, including park, farmland, natural areas and other green space.
Richmond is an economic power house, with the highest jobs to worker ration in the region. A major international transportation and distribution hub, Richmond is home to Vancouver International Airport, deep sea port facilities, major rail and highway links and the Canada Line, and is only a short drive from the US border.
Richmond is a vibrant, diverse, cosmopolitan city. With the highest proportion of immigrants of any Canadian city, more than two-thirds of community is made up of visible minorities. There are over 100 languages spoken here.
An innovative city, Richmond has won dozens of provincial, national and global awards for its use of technology to enhance service delivery, public access to information and staff efficiency.
As a finalist for a $10 million prize in the Smart Cities Challenge, Richmond is looking to engage other levels of government, the private sector and the academic sector to integrate data and asset management platforms across jurisdictions to effectively respond to incidents that could be as small as traffic congestion due to a rain event, or as big as a major earthquake.
View Richmond’s original submission – download the pdf from here