|Mailing Address/In Person/Delivery Address:
|225 East Beaver Creek Road
Richmond Hill, Ontario
Local Map [PDF]
Main Switchboard Telephone Number: (905) 771-8800
Regular Business Hours: 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday
"All About Richmond Hill" Brochure [PDF]
Our Mission Statement
The Town of Richmond Hill Council and staff are committed to providing exceptional public service to our community.
This mission statement was approved by Council in April 2009 as part of the Town's overall Strategic Plan, which focuses on the goals and aspirations of the people and provides a long-term vision and direction for the Town by stating: “Richmond Hill, where people come together to build our community”. The plan clearly articulates a mission, vision, goals, outcomes and strategies that respect the balance between people, the environment and the economy, while also inspiring change.
A Brief History
The Town of Richmond Hill started out as a small settlement located partially in the Township of Vaughan and partially in the Township of Markham. The Town's development was closely linked with the development of Yonge Street, which was planned primarily as a military road by John Graves Simcoe, the first Lieutenant-Governor of the Province of Upper Canada.
The Town was officially incorporated on June 18, 1872 as a village and the first council meeting was held on January 1, 1873 under the leadership of Abraham Law as Reeve. Richmond Hill developed because of its proximity to Toronto, as farmers came into town on their way to Toronto markets and people travelled up and down Yonge Street to and from communities further north.
Early in the twentieth century, several large greenhouse operations were built in Richmond Hill, while rose growing turned the Town into the "rose capital" of Canada. In the 1920's, village council adopted the motto of the Duke of Richmond, for whom the Town may have been named. A local artist and carriage painter, William Ashford Wright, created a town crest that included elements of the Duke of Richmond's coat of arms and roses.
Data from the recent census conducted by Statistics Canada indicated that Richmond Hill continues to be one of Canada's fastest growing municipalities. It is estimated that by the year 2021, the Town's population will reach 200,000.
Over the years, Richmond Hill has remained a distinctive community, one of change yet with strong historical roots. Even during this time of most extensive growth to-date, Richmond Hill has remained a community with a friendly, down-to-earth flavour. That is why the Town's un-official motto is "A little north, a little nicer."