Living on Low Income

2021-2031 Poverty Reduction Plan to Reduce and Prevent Poverty in Richmond

On December 6, 2021, City Council adopted the 2021-2031 Collaborative Action Plan to Reduce and Prevent Poverty in Richmond, which will 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.

Living on Low Income

The City of Richmond is committed to ensuring residents living on low income are able to participate in all aspects of community life. To learn more about the Community resources; Low Cost, No Cost programs; and Fee Subsidy Programs visit:

Community Resources

Community Services Pop Ups

On the second Thursday of each month, community members are invited to pop by the Brighouse Library from 3:00 to 5:00pm to connect with community based services in a safe and welcoming space. Hosted by the City of Richmond and Richmond Public Library in collaboration with community organizations, some of the services and supports available will include navigational support for health and benefit systems, affordable housing and newcomer services.

Date: The second Thursday of the month
Time: 3:00–5:00pm
Where: Brighouse Library – 7700 Minoru Gate

Access Richmond Guide

This guide highlights a range of City and community resources available to individuals and families living in Richmond.
Access Richmond Guide - English
Access Richmond Guide - Simplified Chinese
Access Richmond Guide - Traditional Chinese

Richmond Low Income Resource Directory

The Richmond Low Income Resource Directory was created by Richmond Cares, Richmond Gives and is housed on the Richmond Library website. It was created to make it easier to find free and affordable services in the community. Many of these services are offered in several languages. In this directory you will find:

1. Services that are free, at a low cost that changes depending on your income;

2. Services that are here in Richmond, or are easy for people living in Richmond to get; and

3. Information about goods and services that are not easily found in other directories or listings.

Fee Subsidy Programs for All Ages

Three financial assistance programs are available to provide financial support for low income community members to participate in programs and activities. Eligibility and guidelines vary for each program. Review the descriptions below or download the following pdf for more information.

Financial Assistance Program

Recreation Fee Subsidy Program
This program provides financial support to eligible Richmond residents of all ages to access a wide range of cultural, parks and recreation programs and activities. Visit the Recreation Fee Subsidy Program webpage for more information or to download a program application.

KidSport Richmond

This program assists children and youth (18 years and under) with the costs of registration fees for sports teams offered by local sport organizations and clubs that are affiliated with Sport BC. The goal is to ensure that all kids in need have access to the positive experience of sport and physical activity. KidSport believes that participation through sport provides a life-long opportunity for self-expression, goal setting, dedication, positive thinking and an increase in children's self-confidence. Visit or email for more information and to apply.

Canadian Tire Jumpstart

This program provides funding to assist 4 to 18 years old with access to physical activities, sport programs and services. Apply online at Canadian Tire Jumpstart, or call 604-247-4692 for more information.