History of Richmond Hill, ON

Richmond Hill is a very large city in the central part of York Region. The city boasts of having one of the fastest-growing populations in Ontario which currently stands at around 200,000 people. The large population size is tied to the cities large size, great amenities, and high employment rate considering its proximity to Toronto and other large cities on the shores of Lake Ontario. As a very important part of the giant economic engine that is the GTA, Richmond Hill, ON is a force reckon with.

Richmond Hill does not have much of history going back to before its 1872 incorporation as a village by the York County Council, a state that took effect the following year. The city continued to develop as a residential and agricultural hub until 1956 when it was elevated to a Town by the municipal board of Ontario

Following the establishment of the York Regional Municipality in 1970, the borders of Richmond Hill Town were expanded, through the annexation of small parts of the neighboring Markham, King, Whitchurch, and Vaughan townships into area of Richmond Hill Ontario. This led to the town’s total area increasing by over 25,000 acres and the population by over 15,000 people. The town’s rapid growth “engulfed” numerous communities including the likes of Dollar, Gormley, Jefferson, Carrville, Oak Ridges, Temperanceville, and Lake Wilcox; some of these communities still exist within today’s Richmond Hill as residential communities, hamlets and such. During this annexation which led to the town’s expansion, Richmond Hill was already a flourishing and somewhat modern town while most of the sections it annexed were very rural and barely developed.

By the early 1970s, the town population was one of the largest in the country and so were the prices of home in this beautiful city which was then one of the most affluent communities. The town’s growth, however, started to slow down in the mid-1970s event after the arrival of the GO train service and remained so until the early 1990s when the development came back at full swing. This growth was largely driven by immigration and Statistics Canada ranked Richmond Hill as the nation’s fastest-growing metropolises during this era. Richmond Hill’s town Council voted in favor of a motion to change the city from a town to a city in early 2019. As of now, the city is one of the largest economic and residential communities in Canada.