Richmond Hill Becomes a City

Richmond Hill Council reinforced its position in York Region and the Province as an urbanized and competitive municipality, voting to rename one of the largest towns in Ontario to the "City of Richmond Hill." 

The name change influences how the municipality sees itself and how others perceive it.  In Ontario, changing a municipality’s status is at the full discretion of the local government; its population is not a factor. Council believes that Richmond Hill needs to keep up with other municipalities and to be more competitive in terms of business attraction and job creation. 

We’ve been thinking about the name for a while, when we designed Richmond Hill’s logo a few years ago, we consciously decided to refer to ourselves as “Richmond Hill,” knowing that someday we might change our name from a Town to a City. We understood that in doing so, we’d keep costs down if and when Council voted in favour of a name change. Council anticipates little to no cost impact with Richmond Hill’s new City status.

The decision to change Richmond Hill’s status involved consultation with the community and staff, many meetings and a lot of discussion. Council’s decision to make the change reflects what they heard from residents and what Council believes is best for the community.

Why change the name? It influences how the Municipality sees itself and how others perceive it. And it reinforces Richmond Hill’s position in York Region and the Province as an urbanized and competitive municipality. 

This motion passed by a vote of seven to two.

Quick Facts

  • A change in status does not change Richmond Hill’s roles, responsibilities or obligations. 
  • A name change does not affect Richmond Hill’s status as a lower-tier municipality. 
  • Becoming a city does not affect the amount of funding available to Richmond Hill from other levels of government or agencies. 
  • To change Richmond Hill’s legal name, Council must approve a by-law detailing the change. Staff will forward this By-law to the Director of Titles appointed under the Land Titles Act and to the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing. This by-law will be passed at Council’s April 9 meeting.


2019 Council Updates


Richmond Hill council changes meeting day, time starting April

Council members voted on Feb. 25 to approve a motion that moves the committee of the whole and council meetings from 7:30 p.m. on alternate Mondays to 1 p.m. on alternate Tuesdays on a trial basis from April to September. 

Click here for a calendar of all 2019 meetings.

City Approves Operating Budget for 2019

Richmond Hill Council approved the 2019 Operating Budget on February 26. The $180 million budget represents an increase of $2.3 million. 

Our annual Operating Budget reflects the services we provide to the community, as well as our priorities and commitments. This budget allows us to maintain service levels, while keeping the tax increase close to the rate of inflation. We are also maintaining the focus on our priorities of sustainability and increasing efficiencies through technology.

We delivered a responsible budget that found savings and efficiencies for residents and we will keep working hard to do so. 


We've created a unique space for youth (ages 13 to 19) at the south end of Lake Wilcox Park. Come hang out, socialize, and get active with our unique recreation amenities. Watch for new programs this summer!

The park includes:

A lit concrete skate park

Four lit beach volleyball courts

Two lit multi-use courts for basketball, ball hockey or futsal soccer

Fitness equipment

Wi-Fi Access

Users of all ages are welcome

Request a beach volleyball court by booking online here.

Officially open JUNE 8th