Accessibility & Fee Subsidy

Living with a Disability

Wheelchair TennisThe City of Richmond is committed to reducing barriers and enhancing accessibility across our community. Improving accessibility is essential to create an inclusive society in which all residents feel included and appreciated. Accessibility can be framed in physical terms (e.g. design modifications to the built environment) and non-physical terms (e.g. attitudinal, financial or cultural). The removal of barriers for residents to participate in community life by developing age and ability friendly neighbourhoods is critical to enhancing Richmond’s livability.        

Recreation Access Card
The Recreation Access Card entitles residents of Richmond, who live with a permanent disability that seriously impairs their daily living to a 50 per cent discount to drop-in activities at community centres, aquatic centres and arenas (some restrictions apply). Discounts do not apply to special needs programs. Application forms can be picked up from:

  • Richmond City Hall
  • Minoru Aquatic Centre or Watermania
  • Minoru Arenas or Richmond Ice Centre
  • Any Richmond Community Centre

PDF Document Recreation Access Card Application 

The application must be filled out and returned to:
City of Richmond, Diversity Services Section
Community Services Department
6911 No. 3 Road,
Richmond, V6Y 2C1

Parks, Recreation and Culture Guide
The City of Richmond produces the Parks, Recreation and Culture Guide three times a year. The guide provides a listing of parks, recreation and cultural programs and service delivered by the City and its community partners. To learn more about the programs and services available, download the online version of the Parks, Recreation and Culture Guide or pick a copy up from a community facility.

Specialized Opportunities
The City of Richmond and its community partners offer a variety of programs for persons with disabilities. Specialized Opportunities include adapted fitness, adapted weight training, special needs swim lessons, wheel chair sports and others through the Richmond Therapeutic Equestrian Society and the Development Challenged Youth Basketball Association. See below for more information.

Adapted Fitness
This program is designed for adults with disabilities (including head injuries, strokes, MS and wheelchair participants). The focus is on increasing mobility, strength, flexibility, range of motion and coordination.  For more information, call South Arm Community Centre at 604-238-8060.

Adapted Weight Training
This program is designed for adults with physical disabilities. Participants are challenged in a one-on-one environment with APT machine, railing, weights and Cybex functional machine. For more information, call Thompson Community Centre at 604-238-8422

Special Needs Swim

A designated public swim time on Saturday afternoons for participants with disabilities. For more information, contact Minoru Aquatic Centre at 604- 238-8020.

Special Needs Swim Lessons

Swim lesson opportunities are offered for children and adults who require smaller group sized lessons. For more information, contact Minoru Aquatic Centre at 604- 238-8020.

Friday Night Social
This program offers social outings and sports designed for high functioning adults with developmental disabilities. For more information, contact South Arm Community Centre at 604-238-8060.

For more specific information or to register for these activities, please refer to the Parks, Recreation and Culture Guide

Richmond Therapeutic Riding Association (RTA)
Richmond Therapeutic Riding Association offers a therapeutic horseback program for people with disabilities (specializing in children and youth). This activity provides both therapeutic and recreational benefits. RTA also has volunteer opportunities to assist with their riding program.
For more information, call Erin at 604-241-7837 or visit www.rtesrichmond.com

Development Challenged Youth Basketball Association
The DCYBA promotes and supports the development of basketball programs in BC for youth with developmental challenges. Young men, ages 13 to 25, who are interested and have the basic abilities needed to develop the skills and concepts of team basketball in an athletic setting are encouraged to participate.
For more information, contact Anne at DCYBA at 604-228-9527.

Wheelchair Sports
There are a number of wheelchair sport opportunities offered in Richmond throughout the year including tennis, curling and basketball.
Call BC Wheelchair Sport at 604-737-3194 or visit www.bcwheelchairsports.com

Other Links
Vancouver Adapted Snow Sports - www.vass.ca
BC Special Olympics - www.specialolympics.bc.ca
Power to be Adventure Society - www.powertobe.ca
Disabled Sailing Association - www.disabilityfoundation.org

Richmond Centre for Disability
The Richmond Centre for Disability (RCD) is a not-for-profit charitable organization whose purpose is to enable people with disabilities to participate in the community to the fullest extent of their abilities and to improve their quality of life by working for inclusion, independence and empowerment.

The RCD Board of Directors is an advisory committee to the City of Richmond that creates education and awareness about issues and barriers faced by people with disabilities including housing, transportation, recreation and community accessibility. The RCD works with City staff, government agencies, developers and businesses on these issues.

For more information about programs and services, call 604-232-2404 or www.rcdrichmond.org 
Accessible City Facilities
The City of Richmond and its partners are committed to making sure our community is accessible for all those that are facing mobility issues and access related issues. The City has partnered with the Rick Hansen Foundation (RHF) on an online accessibility rating tool called planat.

The planat site gives in-depth accessibility ratings to over 25 City and partner facilities and also gives facility users the chance to add your own customer reviews. Alongside the reviews are useful photographs of City facilities.

Accessible Events Checklist
This checklist was created to assist with ensuring that City and City supported events are physically accessible. By consulting each point on this form, event planners can ensure that participants’ accessibility needs have been taken into account.