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Hospitals and Clinics in Richmond

For Emergency Health services, you can drop off patients at Richmond Hospital, 7000 Westminster Hwy, 604-278-9711. You can also call an ambulance at 9-1-1 for patients in need of immediate attention and professional transport.

If you are in need of care that is not life-threatening, you can visit the following clinics, many of which offer 24-hour urgent care services.

● Terra Nova Medical Centre — Unit 140, 6011 No 1 Rd, 604-285-2263

● Richmond Central Medical Clinic — Unit 150, 7997 Westminster Hwy, 778-297-4700

● Richmond In-Store Medical Clinic — 4651 No 3 Rd (Inside Superstore), 604-303-7633

● Midtown Medical Clinic — 8780 Blundell Rd, 604-277-9006

● Lifemark Sport — 6111 River Rd, 604-244-8825

● HealthVue Medical Clinic — Unit 180, 11700 Cambie Rd, 604-270-9833

MSP Healthcare Coverage

If you are a permanent resident or citizen of British Columbia, you are required by law to enroll in the Medical Services Plan (MSP). You are also required to cover any dependents, such as a spouse or children.

Review MSP eligibility requirements and learn how to enroll in MSP on the official BC website.

Other Healthcare Needs

● Richmond Public Health — Provides information resources and health promotion services. Located at 8100 Granville Avenue. 604-233-3150

● Continuing Health Services — Advocacy and case management for long-term healthcare patients, such as older adults, people suffering from chronic illness or those with disabilities. Located in Richmond Hospital at 7000 Westminster Hwy. 604-278-3361

● Mental Health and Addiction Services — Offers mobile assessments and referrals for resources, including community services. 604-244-5488

● Dial 8-1-1 for more information on local programmes, resources and services

● You can locate a family doctor, PCP or specialist near you using the College of Physicians and Surgeons of British Columbia database at www.cpsbc.ca

Transportation

Richmond provides a variety of transportation options:

● Vancouver International Airport — Provides international and domestic flights. Transportation services to the airport are available

● CanadaLine Rapid Transit — This high-speed rail line connects Richmond residents to the Vancouver Airport as well as the Waterfront Centre

● TransLink Bus Services — Visit their website for schedules, fare information and service options

● HandyDART — Provides shared-ride service for people with disabilities

For those who wish to drive their own vehicle, a valid British Columbia Driver’s License is needed. Visit the Insurance Corporation of British Columbia (ICBC) Office in Lansdowne Center, call 604-661-2800 or visit www.icbc.com for more information.

Public Education

Richmond is a member of the Ministry of BC Education public school system, and is designated as School District No. 38. If you have a child between the ages of 6-18, they are generally expected to attend school unless special exceptions are made.

You can register your child for school by visiting the School District No. 38 registration website. The site provides boundaries for Richmond elementary schools and boundaries for Richmond secondary schools, which corresponds to your street address. You can also use a school locator tool to quickly identify your child’s designated school.

Students can attend an independent institution if the parent wishes. Visit www.bced.gov.bc.ca/independentschools to find a school near you and learn about the registration process.

Richmond Public Library

The Richmond Public Library system operates four branches. Each location allows those with a library card to check out books, music, movies and educational materials for free. They also offer community programs, such as children’s events or free classes. Additionally, internet-accessible computer stations are provided free-of-charge.

Garbage and Recycling

Richmond provides nearly every home address with a Blue Box recycling bin and pickup service.

Garbage collection is limited to two containers, which can either be reusable cans or large bags. Additional containers can be used if a $2.00 tag is purchased. All garbage must be contained in plastic bags; no loose items!

For pickup, all garbage cans, recycling bins and lawn or yard trimmings must be placed within three feet of the road curb before 7:30 a.m. on the designated day of pickup. Visit www.richmond.ca/recycle to learn more about your pick-up schedule, requirements and to inquire about additional bins.

Large recycling loads can be brought to the Richmond Recycling Depot at 5555 Lynas Lane, and large trash items can be brought to the Vancouver Landfill in Delta at 5400 72 St.

Power/Electricity

BC Hydro provides the majority of electrical service to homes, businesses and other buildings within Richmond. Visit their website to enroll for a new power connection and to begin receiving electrical service at your address. You can also use their website to learn about typical billing rates.

Water

Water services are provided by Richmond public utilities. Payments can be made yearly based on a flat rate or quarterly based on metered service. Learn more about signing up for water service and paying your utility bill at the City of Richmond’s Utility Fees information page or by calling 604-276-4145.

Government Services and Elections

Most city services are conducted or overseen at Richmond City Hall, which is located at 6911 No 3 Rd. Members of the public can attend City Council or committee meetings, or watch them on local access cable TV channels. Visit the city website for a schedule of Richmond City Hall meetings. For information about elections, contact the City Clerk’s office at 604-276-4007 or via email at cityclerk@richmond.ca.

Property Taxes

Homeowners, land owners and owners of units like Richmond condos are required to pay property taxes on their holdings. Residential tax rates as of 2016 are 3.88196 percent of the property’s total assessed value. Learn about your tax bill and other tax responsibilities by visiting http://www.richmond.ca/cityhall/finance/rates/propertytax.htm.

Looking for Something Else?

If you do not see the information you were looking for on this page or would like to know more, you can always visit the www.richmond.ca website for information and resources.

Also, do not hesitate to contact me, Eric Lin, at 604-218-6188 or by using my contact form. I would gladly use my expertise and years of knowledge as a Richmond local to help you get oriented or find the services you need. Once again, welcome to our community, and I look forward to hearing from you!

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