City of Richmond - A Press Release
The strongest real estate markets in the Metro Vancouver
The City of Richmond remains one of the strongest real estate markets in the Metro Vancouver region. An
innovative and ambitious City Centre Area Plan, the arrival of the Canada Line rapid transit service and the
Richmond Olympic Oval are among the catalysts fuelling billions of dollars of new growth in Richmond.
The strong interest in the Richmond real estate market was illustrated by an average 16.5 per cent increase in
property assessments during 2011. The construction value of building permits issued in Richmond in 2010 and
2011 exceeded $1.2 billion.
Richmond's population passed 200,000 in 2011 and is projected to grow dramatically over the next three
decades, with much of that growth centered in Richmond’s City Centre. Richmond is also projecting a 33 per cent
growth in the number of jobs in Richmond by 2041.
The current pace of growth is driven by new high density residential projects concentrated in Richmond's City
Centre. An example of this includes the River Green development near the Richmond Olympic Oval, which will
transform 30 acres of riverfront land into a master planned community. Other major developments are planned for
the Capstan Village area, near the north end of No. 3 Road. Preliminary approval has been given for the first of a
potential 3,000 new residential units that would re-make the northern gateway of Richmond's City Centre. New
development in the Capstan Village will also fund a new Canada Line station to serve the new neighbourhood.
The West Cambie area is another significant redevelopment in the City.
Richmond's growth is not just fuelled by residential growth. Currently, there are proposals for many new hotels in
Richmond under consideration. The largest project ever seen in Richmond, a four million square foot
commercial-office space development, is being proposed for Duck Island, immediately west of the River Rock
Outside of the City Centre, YVR is planning significant new development on its lands on Sea Island. This includes
Canada Post's new regional sorting centre, which should bring over 1,200 jobs. Port Metro Vancouver also plans
continued expansion in southeast Richmond, which will be supported by a newly-opened Highway 91 interchange
that greatly enhances traffic access to those lands. With some of the last remaining large parcels of industrially-
zoned lands with waterfront access in the region, Richmond’s port lands continue to be in high demand.
Richmond's future is bright. To find out more about Richmond, visit our website at www.richmond.ca or contact our
Economic Development Office at 604-276-4000.