Bruce Brunton Award
The Town was awarded the Bruce Brunton Award in 1998 in recognition of its National Public Works Week program. This was the second year in a row the Town was chosen to receive the award, which was a first for any municipality. The Town was recognized for best overall program in Ontario. National Public Works Week is an annual event during which municipalities are encouraged to implement activities that highlight the role public works has in constructing and maintaining a community's quality of life. The Town organized activities at schools including tours, and organized displays at public information booths.
Ontario Waste Minimization
In 1998, the Town's recycling program was recognized by the Recycling Council of Ontario, and received the Ontario Waste Minimization Silver Award. The Town successfully diverted less than 225 kg of waste per capita, resulting in less landfill. Richmond Hill competed against the City of Toronto and the Town of Aurora for the award.
Bell Canada Award
In January 1998, the Town was presented the first place award for Best Economic Development Website by the Economic Developers Council of Ontario Inc.