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‘WeAreRichmondBC’ website launches today

By Hannah Scott, Local Journalism Initiative reporter

Published 11:41 PDT, Thu May 14, 2020

Last Updated: 12:13 PDT, Thu May 14, 2020

A new website launches today to connect Richmond residents and businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond.

WeAreRichmondBC.ca is a collaboration between Tourism Richmond, Economic Development Richmond and the Richmond Chamber of Commerce. It aims to drive economic recovery and encourage community support.

Features on the site include:

• available community resources and initiatives

• links to city services

• pandemic supports for businesses

• updates from the chamber

• a full list of restaurants, stores and other businesses that remain open during the pandemic, along with their details

“We felt this was a missing piece for the community,” said Tourism Richmond CEO Nancy Small. “Partnering with the Richmond Chamber of Commerce and the City of Richmond’s Economic Development team felt like the right way to create a comprehensive hub for Richmond residents and businesses to drive community spirit and support for local businesses during these difficult times.”

“Local businesses are essential to the fabric of our community,” said Mayor Malcolm Brodie. “Now, more than ever, it’s essential to show that we are united in our effort to encourage the return of local businesses and their employees and support them as they recover from this unprecedented situation.”

"The Richmond community is incredibly resilient and creative,” said chamber CEO Matt Pitcairn. “But from a business perspective, we know how challenging the last two months have been, and how further disruptive the months ahead will be. It is the chamber's hope that WeAreRichmondBC becomes a tool for employers and residents to get through these extraordinary times, and work collaboratively toward a safe and prosperous recovery." 

The site will also feature social media posts with the hashtag #RichmondHasHeart, so community members are encouraged to continue to support the campaign.

Richmond-based businesses can sign up for a free listing on the website at WeAreRichmondBC.ca.

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