This pandemic has highlighted the social inequalities in our society. Low-income families have been negativity affected, and there has been a dramatic increase in homelessness, and youth are really struggling with mental health.
As we begin to rebuild, we have an opportunity to help Richmond residents access mental health supports by creating equitable access to city services without barriers. This can begin with expanding the Recreation Fee Subsidy Program. Changing the program from the current $300 per adult/child and $100 for seniors, to 60 free admission drop ins at Richmond Recreation Centres. These 60 Free Admissions to Drop-In Sessions will be at any Richmond Recreation Centre for low-income individuals, seniors, and youth in need. Under the current subsidy a senior for example, would only be able to access Minoru Centre for Active Living, fifteen times in a year.
This is an immediate step that we can do on City Council, to help improve the lives of many Richmond residents