Awards


2024

Year Awarding Body Name of Award

2024

NAIOP

Most Business Friendly

The NAIOP award is based on input to its 2023 annual Cost of Business Survey highlighting municipalities that have excelled in creating positive business environments.

The City received the award because its fees and approval timelines for industrial development encourage the creation of industrial space, which supports and welcomes local businesses and the economy.

2024


Canadian Federation of
Independent Businesses


One to Watch – Golden Scissors Award


The Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) named Richmond as the “One to Watch” in its 2024 Golden Scissors Awards for the MyBusiness and MyPermit online service portals that reduce administrative burden and streamline how businesses interact with the City.

2023

Year Awarding Body Name of Award
2023 Energy Globe Foundation National Energy Globe Award
Lulu Island Energy Company has been named winner of the coveted 2023 National Energy Globe Award for the expansion of its City Centre utility.

National Energy Globe Award recognizes projects focusing on energy efficiency, sustainability and the use of renewable energy or emission free sources in over 180 countries.

2023


International Association of Business Communicators 2023 Silver Leaf awards
The second Silver Leaf award of merit was for the City's "Richmond Single-Use Plastic Ban" campaign, which was developed and implemented as part of introducing a new bylaw banning single-use plastic items. The communications campaign supported businesses through the transition and increased awareness about the new bylaw, further promoting reusable options in the community with a goal to reduce unnecessary waste and pollution.

2023


International Association of Business Communicators


2023 Silver Leaf awards
The first Silver Leaf award of merit was for the City's "Rethink Waste: Think Tank & Ideas Hub" campaign, which was implemented as a multi-year communication and engagement campaign to support the City's goals to reduce waste and support a circular economy.
2023 Planning Institute of British Columbia (PIBC) Silver Award for Enduring Planning Performance
The City Centre Area Plan was awarded the Silver Award for Enduring Planning Performance by PIBC. The Enduring Planning Performance category seeks to recognize and celebrate exemplary long-term planning work and outcomes that remain successful over time (minimum 10 years from substantial completion).
2023 British Columbia Economic Development Association (BCEDA) Economic Recovery and Resiliency Award for communities over 20,000 in population
The Supply Chain Resiliency Program was a joint initiative of three municipalities and involved three key deliverables – an industrial capabilities inventory; a toolkit for de-risking emerging market opportunities; and a seminar series educating manufacturers to adopt technology.
2023 BC Recreation and Parks Association (BCRPA) Provincial Facility Excellence Award for projects over $3 million

The Minoru Centre for Active Living as a facility that openly incorporates green design to reduce or eliminate negative impacts on the environment, ultimately improving the well-being of the community.



2022

Year Awarding Body Name of Award
2022 BC Used Oil Management Association 2022 Government Facility Award

The City of Richmond Recycling Depot was awarded the Government Facility Award, an award introduced by the BC Used Oil Management Association to recognize top government recycling facilities for safe collection, storage, and management of used oil and antifreeze materials.


2022

International City Management Association (ICMA)

Community Sustainability Award: Population 50,000 and Greater - Recycled Asphalt Pavement Project

Richmond's Recycled Asphalt Pavement project was selected for setting new standards and demonstrating innovation, excellence, and success in balancing the community's economic, environmental, and social needs.

2022

Athletic Business

Athletic Business Facilities of Merit Award

Minoru Centre for Active Living, the City of Richmond’s new state-of-the-art fitness and aquatic facility, was recognized by Athletic Business as one of their 10 Facilities of Merit for 2022. It was selected for setting a new standard for wellness-oriented facilities which balances the needs of traditional aquatic uses while integrating a wide variety of other amenities that encourage healthy lifestyles, especially for an older-adult population.

2022

ParticipACTION - Community Better Challenge

British Columbia’s Most Active Community Award

ParticipACTION promoted a nation-wide physical activity initiative in June 2022, encouraging all Canadians to get active. The award recognizes the community’s activity levels and the creative ways staff and community partners in Richmond motivated the community to get physically active throughout the challenge.

2022

Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) of the United States and Canada

Canadian Award for Financial Reporting & Award for Outstanding Achievement in Popular Annual Financial Reporting

The City’s 2020 Annual Report was honoured with two awards. The City received the Canadian Award for Financial Reporting for its official 2020 annual report, and the Award for Outstanding Achievement in Popular Annual Financial Reporting for the summary report.



2021

Year Awarding Body Name of Award
2021 Environmental Managers’ Association (EMA) of BC

Regulatory Challenge

The City’s Corporate Hazardous Materials Management Training was recognized in the Regulatory Challenge category at the organization’s 2021 Environmental Awards Gala.

2021

Environmental Managers’ Association (EMA) of BC

Discharge Control Award

The Mitchell Island Stewardship Initiative was awarded the Discharge Control Award at the organization’s 2021 Environmental Awards Gala.

2021

International Olympic Committee, International Paralympic Committee, and International Association for Sports and Leisure Facilities

Architecture Prize for Accessibility

The Minoru Centre for Active Living, the City of Richmond’s new state-of-the-art fitness and aquatic facility, has received the 2021 Architecture Prize for Accessibility from the International Olympic Committee, International Paralympic Committee, and International Association for Sports and Leisure Facilities. The annual Distinction for Accessibility Award aims to increase the accessibility of all sports and leisure facilities and architectural structures worldwide so that everyone has an opportunity to practice and view sport freely and without barriers.
2021 Community Energy Association Climate & Energy Action Award
The Community Energy Association, a member-based, non-profit organization aiming to reduce emissions, conserve energy and progressively transition to a low carbon, resilient economy, named the City of Richmond recipient of its Climate & Energy Action Award for its successful District Energy Utility Program. The program now provides 22 buildings and over five million square feet of floor space with energy that is reducing greenhouse gas emissions by over 7,800 tonnes – the equivalent of removing 2,000 cars from our roads each year.
2021 Union of BC Municipalities Community Excellence Award

The Union of BC Municipalities, which represents and advocates to government on behalf of municipalities across British Columbia, presented the City of Richmond with an Honorable Mention in the Community Excellence Award – Service Delivery category for customer-friendly upgrades to its Works Yard Recycling Depot.



2020

Year Awarding Body Name of Award
2020

The Energy Globe Foundation

Canadian Energy Globe National Award

The Energy Globe Foundation, an international organization that recognizes projects that conserve energy and utilize renewable or emission-free sources, has awarded the City of Richmond the 2020 Canadian Energy Globe National Award for the Central at Garden City expansion of the Alexandra District Energy Utility (ADEU). This award is presented annually to projects focusing on energy efficiency, renewable energies and the conversation of resources.

2020

BC Recreation and Parks Association (BCRPA)

Facility Excellence Award

The restoration of the century old Edwardian Cottage at Terra Nova Rural Park was given the Provincial Facility Excellence Award for projects under $1 million by the BC Recreation and Parks Association (BCRPA). The annual award recognizes outstanding facility design that reflects community culture and spaces that are accessible, engage community members in design consultation and ultimately improve the well-being of the community.

2020

Government Fleet Magazine

Notable Fleets Certificate of Achievement

The City’s fleet was awarded a certificate of achievement through the Government Fleet Magazine and American Public Works Association Leading Fleets award. The award recognizes operations that are performing at a high level in fleet innovation and leadership.

2020

Institute of Transportation Engineers

Mavis Johnson Award for Road Safety Project of the Year

Richmond received the award for Road Safety Project of the Year in the Greater Vancouver area for its Network Screening Study that identified the top 20 collision prone intersections and recommended mitigation measures. This annual award celebrates technical excellence in the field of road safety.

2020

Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) of the United States and Canada

Canadian Award for Financial Reporting and Outstanding Achievement in Popular Annual Financial Reporting

The City’s 2018 Annual Report was honoured with two awards. The City received the Canadian Award for Financial Reporting for the 17th consecutive year and the Award for Outstanding Achievement in Popular Annual Financial Reporting for the 10th year.

2020

International District Energy Association

2020 IDEA Innovation Award

The City’s Lulu Island Energy Company was the winner of the International District Energy Association 2020 IDEA Innovation Award for the Alexandra District Energy Utility (ADEU) Smart Centres Expansion. The project took an innovative approach to the expansion of the ADEU with construction of a satellite energy plant to both meet the energy demands of large format commercial customers and share energy across the entire district network, all while diversifying the low carbon energy sources available for use in the Utility. This international recognition from peers in the District Energy industry is a result of the City and LIEC’s dedication to excellence, innovation and the commitment to reducing greenhouse gas emissions through the deployment of district energy systems.

2020

Canadian Association of Municipal Administration

Professional Development Award

Richmond received CAMA’s Professional Development Award for the City’s Engineer-in-Training program. This award recognizes a community that has developed a unique and innovative program for their staff and can be replicated in other communities.

2020

Public Works Association of BC

Project of the Year

The Gilbert to Number 3 Road South Dike Upgrade project was announced as the 2020 recipient of the Public Works Association of BC Project of the Year Award. This award is given annually to an organization that constructs a major and complex public works or utilities project, which deserves special merit because of its unique features or complexity relative to the resources of the community.

2020

The Energy Globe Foundation

Canadian Energy Globe National Award

The Energy Globe Foundation, an international organization that recognizes projects that conserve energy and utilize renewable or emission-free sources, has awarded the City of Richmond the 2020 Canadian Energy Globe National Award for the Central at Garden City expansion of the Alexandra District Energy Utility (ADEU). This award is presented annually to projects focusing on energy efficiency, renewable energies and the conversation of resources.

2020

BC Recreation and Parks Association (BCRPA)

Facility Excellence Award

The restoration of the century old Edwardian Cottage at Terra Nova Rural Park was given the Provincial Facility Excellence Award for projects under $1 million by the BC Recreation and Parks Association (BCRPA). The annual award recognizes outstanding facility design that reflects community culture and spaces that are accessible, engage community members in design consultation and ultimately improve the well-being of the community.



2019

Year Awarding Body Name of Award
2019 Association of Energy Engineers (AEE)

Canada Region Energy Project of the Year Award

The Association of Energy Engineers (AEE), an international organization that recognizes excellence in energy management, awarded the City the Canada Region Energy Project of the Year Award for the delivery of the Alexandra District Energy Utility (ADEU) project. AEE recognized the City for its innovative renewable energy project that is making a significant impact on climate change.

2019

Union of BC Municipalities (UBCM)

Community Excellence Award – Excellence in Governance

The City was awarded the UBCM Award for Excellence in Governance for the 2017–2022 Richmond Child Care Needs Assessment and Strategy. The vision for the current five year strategy is for Richmond to build upon three decades of work to continue to be a municipal leader in fostering the conditions for a comprehensive child care system.

2019

Public Works Association of BC

Public Works Week Community Celebration Award

The Public Works Open House received the Public Works Association of BC’s Public Works Week Community Celebration award for a population over 100,000. The interactive event showcases the work that is done on a daily basis to ensure the safety and health of the community.

2019

Firehouse Magazine

Station Design Awards

Brighouse Fire Hall No. 1 received notable design mention from Firehouse Magazine, as well as Cambie Fire Hall No. 3 and Ambulance Station No. 250 for being the first combined urban fire and ambulance station and mixed-use facility in British Columbia.

2019

Canadian Alliance of Chinese Associations

Public Safety Contribution Award

Richmond Fire-Rescue was awarded the Public Safety Contribution Award from the Canadian Alliance of Chinese Associations at the Richmond 140th Anniversary Awarding Ceremony held in December 2019.

2019

Community Energy Association

Climate & Energy Action Award

The City of Richmond’s first-of-its-kind Electric Vehicle (EV) infrastructure requirement was recognized with a Climate & Energy Action Award from the Community Energy Association. The Climate & Energy Action award recognizes climate leadership of BC local governments.

2019

B.C. Environmental Managers Association

2019 Technological Innovation Award

The City of Richmond has received the B.C. Environmental Managers Association 2019 Technological Innovation Award for the implementation of a simplified non-storm water discharge management program that safeguards the City’s sewers and strengthens environmental protection. Richmond is the first municipality in the Lower Mainland to regulate the quality of non-storm discharge water into its sewer system and watercourses using field-measurable parameters.

2019

Homebuilders Association of Vancouver

Ovation Award

The Storeys affordable housing project received an Ovation Award from the Homebuilders Association of Vancouver for Best Multi-Family High-rise Development.

2019

Canadian Association of Municipal Administrators

Environment Award

Richmond received the Environment Award for its innovative District Energy Implementation program. The Award recognizes the commitment of a municipality to environmentally sustainable governance, to protecting the environment and to combating climate change.
2019 Association of Consulting Engineering Companies BC

Award of Merit

The City was recognized for the Britannia Heritage Shipyard Flood Protection Improvements Project, which upgraded flood prevention infrastructure for a national historic site which is located outside of the Richmond’s diking network.

2019

Toastmasters International

Corporate Recognition Award
The City was recognized for its ongoing support of the enRICHed Speakers Toastmasters Club, which helps both City staff and members of the community to improve their public speaking skills.
2019

Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) of the United States and Canada

Canadian Award for Financial Reporting and Outstanding Achievement in Popular Annual Financial Reporting Award

The City’s 2017 Annual Report was honoured with two awards. The City received the Canadian Award for Financial Reporting for the 16th consecutive year and the Award for Outstanding Achievement in Popular Annual Financial Reporting for the ninth year.

2019

Canadian Event Industry Awards

Nominated for Best Public Event/Fair or Festival



2018

Year Awarding Body Name of Award

The City of Richmond’s 2018 Richmond World Festival was nominated for the Best Public Entertainment Event or Festival at the Canadian Event Industry Awards.

2018

Association of Energy Engineers (AEE)

Innovative Energy Project of the year

The City of Richmond’s Alexandra District Energy Utility (ADEU) Phase Four project was honoured for its excellence in energy management. This project is the first district energy system in Canada to provide heating and cooling to large format retail building using such technology.
2018 Active Well-Being Initiative Global Active City of Richmond
The City of Richmond was designated as one of the world’s first Global Active Cities. Richmond was one of six cities worldwide to receive this honour. The designation honours cities that have worked hard to offer all their residents the opportunity to have active and healthy lifestyles and improve their well-being.
2018

Public Works Association of B.C. (PWABC)

Project of the Year Award

The City was honoured for its multi-faceted design of the No. 2 Road North Drainage Pump Station upgrade project. Public art, open space architectural concepts and interpretive features were amongst the design elements that were implemented at this station.
2018 Union of B.C. Municipalities (UBCM) Community Excellence Award in Governance

The City was recognized for its Electric Vehicle Readiness Policy. The first of its kind in North America, the policy requires all residential parking spaces in new property developments to provide a level two Electric Vehicle charging infrastructure.

2018

B.C. Recreation and Parks Association

Facility Excellence Award

The Facility Excellence Award for projects over $1 million was awarded to Richmond’s City Centre Community Centre, a vibrant two-storey facility located within a mixed-use development at the corner of Minoru Boulevard and Westminster Highway.

2018

B.C. Recreation and Parks Association

Program Excellence Award

The Program Excellence Award recognizes a creative, successful and innovative program that serves as a model for other recreation and parks agencies to enhance their services and was awarded to the Pollinator Pasture, a community-engaged public art project by the City of Richmond in partnership with Border Free Bees.

2018

Canadian Institute of Planners

Planning Excellence in Social Planning

The Planning Excellence in Social Planning was awarded for the Storeys affordable housing and community services development.

2018

Smart Cities Challenge

Finalist for $10 million prize

The City was a finalist for $10 million prize for cities with a population of 500,000 or less for the proposal for an Intelligent Operation Hub in Richmond.

2018

Government Fleet magazine and American Public Works Association (APWA)

Leading Fleets Award


The Leading Fleets Award recognized operations that are performing at a high level, particularly in fleet leadership, competitiveness and efficiency, planning for the future and overcoming challenges.

2018

International District Energy Association (IDEA)

District Energy Leadership Award


The District Energy Leadership Award recognized the City’s commitment and vision in deploying innovative and sustainable district energy in our community.

2018

Smart Cities Connect, US Ignite, and the Smart Cities Connect Foundation

Smart 50 Award


The Smart 50 Award in the Governance category was awarded for its initial development of the MyRichmond web portal.

2018

Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) of the United States and Canada

Canadian Award for Financial Reporting and Outstanding Achievement in Popular Annual Financial Reporting Award

The City’s 2016 Annual Report was honoured with two awards. The City received the Canadian Award for Financial Reporting for the 15th consecutive year and the Award for Outstanding Achievement in Popular Annual Financial Reporting for the eighth year.
2018

Canadian Event Industry Award


Finalist - Best Public Event/Fair or Festival and Finalist - Most Outstanding Event Over $200,000 Public/Festival/Sporting/Cultural

The City of Richmond’s Richmond Canada 150 program, a year-long program of events and other activities celebrating Canada’s 150th anniversary, was chosen as a finalist in two categories in the event industry’s annual national awards.



2017

Year Awarding Body Name of Award
2017 Association of Energy Engineers (AEE)

Canada Region Institutional Energy Management Award

The Association of Energy Engineers strives to promote the scientific and educational interests of those engaged in the energy industry and to foster action for sustainable development. Richmond’s District Energy Program received the Region Institutional Energy Management Award, which recognizes organizations and companies for their dedication and performance in the energy efficiency and renewable energy industry.

2017 Community Energy Association 2017 Climate and Energy Action Award

These awards recognize the leadership of B.C. local governments and public sector organizations in working to reduce energy combustion and mitigate climate change. The City of Richmond won in the Community Planning and Development category for its Community Energy Save Program. The Energy Save program included a number of programs that assist business and residents in reducing their energy use and costs as well as in reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

2017 Wood WORKS! BC Community Recognition Award
Wood WORKS! BC’s awards recognize leadership in the use of wood, both architecturally and structurally. The City was honoured for its use of wood in the construction of the Alexandra District Energy Utility service building, which used local, innovative low carbon wood for structural elements as well as interior and exterior cladding. The building also features windows with water-themed public art, a green roof and public washrooms.
2017 Canadian Consulting Engineering

Award of Excellence

The City’s consultant, Kerr Wood Leidal Associates Ltd., was honoured for the design and construction of the energy plant located at The Central at Garden City shopping area. Operated by the City’s Lulu Island Energy Company, the new facility uses a stack of air source heat pumps to heat and cool the large retail stores, making the facilities near zero carbon in their operations.
2017 Union of British Columbia Municipalities

Leadership & Innovation – Green Initiative Award, Honourable Mention

The City was recognized for its community-wide City’s Climate Action Programs; This award recognizes the City’s numerous and coordinated initiatives that have contributed to the City’s overall six per cent reduction in community greenhouse gas emissions, despite a seven per cent growth in population
2017 Developmental Disabilities Association Employer of the Year Award

The City was honoured by the Developmental Disabilities Association’s Jobs West division for the City’s initiative to create opportunities for people with developmental disabilities.

2017 Pathways Clubhouse Recognition Award

The City received the Pathways Clubhouse’s 2017 Recognition Award for the City’s role as an employment partner; and creating workplace opportunities for people with disabilities.

2017 World Leisure Organization (WLO) World Leisure Community of Excellence for 2017
The City of Richmond has been designated as a World Leisure Community of Excellence for 2017 by the World Leisure Organization (WLO). This title recognizes Richmond’s innovative and successful use of leisure to improve its citizens’ quality of life.
2017 Recreation Facilities Association of B.C, (RFABC) 2017 Bill Woycik Outstanding Facility Award
The Bill Woycik Outstanding Facility Award honours W.E. “Bill” Woycik, a Past President of the Recreation Facilities Association of BC (RFABC). Each year, the award goes to one outstanding new or newly renovated recreation, sport or leisure facility in British Columbia that exemplifies innovations in design, energy management, operations, revenue generation and services. City Centre Community Centre received the 2017 award.
2017 B.C. Recreation and Parks Association (BCRPA) 2017 Parks Excellence Award
The B.C. Recreation and Parks Association Provincial Awards (BCRPA) recognize outstanding programs, innovative facilities and dedicated professionals who remind us daily of the work that is being done in the recreation, parks and culture services sector. The 2017 Parks Excellence Award was awarded to The Terra Nova Adventure Play Environment.
2017 Canadian Cancer Society Extra Mile Award – Platinum Level
The Canadian Cancer Society recognizes businesses that are committed to creating health workplaces for their employees. The Extra Mile Award – Platinum Level is the top award given in this category and recognizes businesses who invest in the wellness of their employees through a variety of health and wellness initiatives.
2017 Rick Hansen Foundation 2017 Accessible Cities Award
The Rick Hansen Foundation Accessible Cities Award recognizes municipalities that are leaders in planning accessibility into their built environments and encouraging their communities to be more inclusive. The City of Richmond is one of three municipalities across Canada to receive the award for 2017. The Richmond Olympic Oval is also recognized in the award’s Circle of Excellence as a ‘Best in Class’ example of accessible and inclusive community places or spaces.
2017 Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) of the United States and Canada Canadian Award for Financial Reporting
The City of Richmond was again honoured for its public financial reporting with our 2015 Annual Report receiving a pair of awards from the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) of the United States and Canada. Richmond received the Canadian Award for Financial Reporting for the 14th consecutive year. The City also received the association’s Award for Outstanding Achievement in Popular Annual Financial Reporting for the seventh year.
2017 Canadian Event Industry Awards Nominated for Best Public Entertainment Event or Festival


2016

Year Awarding Body Name of Award
The City of Richmond’s 2016 Richmond Maritime Festival was nominated for the Best Public Entertainment Event or Festival at the Canadian Event Industry Awards.
2016 Special Event magazine Nominated for Best Fair Festival
The 2016 Richmond World Festival was named as one of three finalists worldwide in Special Event magazine’s prestigious international awards competition for Best Fair Festival.
2016 National Trust for Canada Prince of Wales Prize for Municipal Heritage Leadership
The City of Richmond was the 2016 winner of the National Trust for Canada Prince of Wales Prize for Municipal Heritage Leadership. This Canada’s most prestigious heritage award and recognized Richmond’s long and significant commitment to heritage preservation.
2016 Canadian Event Industry Awards Most Outstanding Event in Canada
The 2015 Richmond World Festival was the winner of the Most Outstanding Event in Canada Award at the Canadian Event Industry Awards.
2016 Union of BC Municipalities Community Excellence Award in Best Practices, Excellence in Action Category
Richmond’s district energy implementation initiatives received the Union of BC Municipalities’ Community Excellence Award in Best Practices, Excellence in Action category.
2016 International District Energy Association System of the Year award
The Alexandra District Energy Utility received a System of the Year award from the International District Energy Association.
2016 Fraser Basin Council E3 Fleet Certification –Platinum Level
Richmond received the E3 Fleet Certification – Platinum level certification award from the Fraser Basin Council. Richmond is the first and only municipality in Canada to receive this award, which honours environmentally-friendly practises in managing large vehicle fleets.
2016 Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) of the United States and Canada Canadian Award for Financial Reporting
The City of Richmond was again honoured for its public financial reporting with our 2014 Annual Report receiving a pair of awards from the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) of the United States and Canada. Richmond received the Canadian Award for Financial Reporting for the 13th consecutive year. The City also received the association’s Award for Outstanding Achievement in Popular Annual Financial Reporting for the sixth year.
2016 Creative City Network of Canada Awards of Excellence Honourable mention in the “Cultural Events Award” category.
The Richmond Maritime Festival received an honourable mention in the “Cultural Events Award” category at the Creative City Network of Canada Awards of Excellence.
2016 Planning Institute of BC Silver Award for Excellence in Policy Planning
Richmond’s Ecological Network Management Strategy received the Silver Award for Excellence in Policy Planning from the Planning Institute of BC. This strategy is our guide in preserving and protecting Richmond’s natural areas.
2016 Federation of Canadian Municipalities’ Partners Climate Protection Richmond has achieved all five Milestones
The City of Richmond was recognized by the Federation of Canadian Municipalities’ Partners for Climate Protection. Richmond has achieved all five Milestones in the program that is aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions.