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Richmond Hill Gets Top Grades In Conference Board Report - January 13, 2010

Dave Barrow, Mayor, (905) 771-2493 or 
Gwen Manderson, Director of Strategic Initiatives, (905) 771-2411
Town is only one of six Canadian municipalities to receive an “A” grade

RICHMOND HILL – The Town of Richmond Hill is top of the class when compared to 50 other cities across seven different categories (Society, Health, Economy, Environment, Education, Innovation and Housing) according to the Conference Board of Canada’s new Report – City Magnets II.

“We have always known that Richmond Hill is a great place to live, play and work,” said Mayor Dave Barrow. “But it’s always nice when it’s statistically proven and people outside the community recognize this as well.”

The report analyzes and benchmarks the features that make Canadian cities attractive to skilled workers and mobile populations. In creating the report, a number of indicators are considered to provide a grade for cities and also includes information from the 2006 Census. 

The Conference Board of Canada is the foremost, independent, not-for-profit applied research organization in Canada. The Conference Board creates and shares insights on economic trends, public policy and organization performance.

“What’s really exciting about this report is that Richmond Hill is among the top six and ranked second overall for the category of Innovation – the only one in the GTA,” added the Mayor. “We have a highly skilled and educated population and it helps to support the continued health of our economy.”

In the report, Richmond Hill is described as “…among Canada’s most attractive places and tops the field of suburban communities.” The report also states that Richmond Hill has become the second-most diverse city in Canada, after Toronto. Also noted is the Town’s well-educated workforce and low crime rate.

The Town did receive grades in some areas where improvements could be made. In particular the report noted that many residents work elsewhere and the Town is currently working on an economic development strategy to be considered by Council in spring of 2010. Also, the Town received an unfavourable grade like many other municipalities when considering income spend on rent/mortgage.

For more information on the Conference Board’s City Magnets II report, visit

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