The City of Richmond has decided to take a pass on a bylaw cracking down on Chinese-language signs.
Councillors had been considering such a bylaw after some members of the public were upset that signs at certain businesses did not contain English.
Mayor Malcolm Brodie says the city’s legal opinion was that a bylaw restricting posts in Chinese wouldn’t stand up to a legal challenge, and only a small number of Chinese-language signs are under the city’s jurisdiction anyway.
“We need to reach out. We need to educate to the extent that signs are involved. We need to be proactive in encouraging multi-languages on signage if they choose a language other than English.”
Brodie says the focus needs to be on cultural harmony.
The city will also pursue a bylaw that promotes de-cluttering of store windows from excessive signage and posters.