This riding includes Vancouver International Airport. It is accessible by plane as well as by car and SkyTrain. Richmond Centre is 4,355 km from Parliament Hill, and would be a 44-hour drive.
Located on the west coast of B.C. between two arms of the Fraser River, this riding includes the Terra Nova Rural Park, Iona Beach Regional Park, the Quilchena Golf and Country Club and a number of municipal green spaces for residents to enjoy.
About 63% of the riding’s population are immigrants, with some of the largest populations born in China, Hong Kong, and the Philippines.
Mandarin, Cantonese, and Tagalog are the most common non-official mother tongues in the riding.
Less than 1% of the riding’s population identify as Aboriginal.
Average individual income is $37,803.
After the 2010 Winter Olympics, the residents of Richmond have had access to the speed-skating oval as a recreation centre along with a number of other community centres throughout the city. Due to its location in the Metro Vancouver area, residents can also enjoy a number of cultural and other attractions in Vancouver and surrounding cities.
The city of Richmond is home to the Steveston Salmon Festival, during which residents enjoy barbecued salmon. It is held every year on Canada Day. The city also hosts an annual Night Market, which attracts residents and visitors alike to enjoy food from different traditions and a variety of shopping and entertainment.
The riding’s largest employers include retail trade, professional, scientific and technical services, accommodation and food services, and health care and social assistance. About 59% of the workforce in the riding has a postsecondary education and in 2011 the unemployment rate was 7.6%.
Richmond is home to one of the most productive ecosystems in the world. Among many initiatives, the City of Richmond has put in place fish, habitat, wildlife and tree protection, pesticide management and pollution prevention measures. The City also has a Riparian Response Strategy to protect areas where terrestrial and aquatic environments meet.
European settlement of the Richmond area began in the1860s as farmers came to settle the lands alongside the Fraser River. First Nations people had come to the area for generations to fish and collect berries and then to build settlements. The abundance of fish off the coast drew more people, including Japanese fishermen. As more businesses developed around the fishing industry, it attracted more workers and more diverse groups of people to the municipality of Richmond. The city has continued to grow over the years and maintained a diverse population and a mix of industries in the area.