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Community Development

Community Development symbolRichmond Hill's Community Services Department is committed to meeting and fulfilling the needs of local not-for-profit Community Groups; recognizing the important role that community groups and organizations play in the delivery of programs, services and events to residents.

The Community Development section is your connection to Richmond Hill. We are here to support organizations through workshops, training sessions, networking opportunities, tools, resources and more.

What is Community Development?
“Community development or community building depends on identifying, developing and sustaining relationships. Central to being successful in those relationships is community leadership.”

source: Center for Collaborative Planning

What is Community Building?
"A field of practices directed toward the creation or enhancement of community among individuals within a regional are neighbourhood) with a common interest. It is sometimes encompassed under the field of community development.”


Purpose/Goal of Community Building and Development
The goal of community building and development is to increase participation by residents in programs, workshops, etc., which leads to higher levels of community awareness. By involving a number of organizations in the community, your message can be transmitted through to many more people; leading to a stronger and more connected community.

Advantages of Community Development
  • Relevant programs, services and facilities for Richmond Hill organizations
  • Improved trust and dialogue between staff and volunteers
  • Increased emphasis on communication, growth and learning
  • Increased residents’ responsibility for implementing solutions
  • Promotes cooperation and partnerships among individuals and community groups

    source: Campus for Communities of the Future

    Community Organization Information Update
    Your Community Organization is very important to us. Please keep us updated by filling out a Community Group Survey. Surveys are available at any Town community centre or can be downloaded via the link below.

    Community Organizations Information Survey [PDF]

    Community Services Subsidy Programs
    Community Recreation Guide
    Agenda Template [PDF]
    Minutes Template [PDF]
    Ballot Template [PDF]
    Annual General Meeting Information [PDF]
    How to Create a Twitter Account [PDF]
    How to Create a Facebook Account [PDF]
    How to Sign up for Mail Chimp [PDF
    Character Community [PDF]

    For general inquires, email or call 905-884-0855, ext. 220.

    You can also contact the Community Development Coordinator at 905-884-0855, ext. 224, and via email at or the Community Development - Recreation Assistant via 905-884-0855, ext. 220, or

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