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OUR MISSION
TO DEVELOP COMMUNITIES THAT FOSTER HEALTHY ACTIVE AND SOCIALLY ENGAGING LIFESTYLES FOR EACH AND EVERY RESIDENT AND TEAM MEMBER.
OUR VISION
TO BE FORWARD-THINKING, ENSURING THAT WE ARE AS PASSIONATE ABOUT LIVING IN ONE OF OUR COMMUNITIES AS WE ARE ABOUT BUILDING THEM.
OUR VALUES
WE ARE COMMITTED TO A HOLISTIC APPROACH TO WELLNESS. PROVIDING ENRICHED LIFESTYLES, HAPPINESS AND CARE FOR OUR SURROUNDINGS AS A WHOLE.
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“As a medical practitioner and community builder, I feel I have a key role in reversing troubling health trends in our aging population by prioritizing healthy living in the form of vibrant and sustainable communities that Emshih Living creates. It’s my living legacy and can be yours.”

– Dr. Michael Shih

EMSHIH LIVING BRINGS TOGETHER A PASSION FOR RESPONSIBLE DEVELOPMENT, COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT AND INDIVIDUAL WELL-BEING.

Our thoughtful retirement communities integrate the FitWel™ certification system, optimizing buildings to support better health and efficiency. Our forward-thinking and innovative perspective enhances the enjoyment, health and wellness of our residents. We distinguish ourselves through a core commitment to enrich our surroundings as a whole.

Emshih Living is proud of our unique approach to building communities that foster healthy, active and socially engaging lifestyles for each and every resident. Our focused perspective comes from Emshih Developments’ Founders, Dr. Michael and Mrs. Emily Shih. The Shih’s have earned their highly respected reputation over 40 years of innovative commercial, retail and medical facility developments in the GTA West.

With a B.Sc. degree from McGill University and an M.D. degree from the University of Toronto, Dr. Shih combines an exceptional educational background and passion for life-long learning with a holistic outlook for exceptional retirement community living.

Each Emshih Living project is a result of Dr. Michael Shih’s firm belief in actively pursuing and contributing to making a positive difference.

“We distinguish ourselves through our core commitment to enriching the community as a whole. After all, buildings may make a community but it’s the people and neighbours who make it thrive.”

FITWEL™

When it comes to design or details, nothing has been overlooked with Emshih Living Communities. The forward thinking designs, planning, scale, sizes and locations are all purposefully designed to improve your well-being and provide an all-inclusive experience. The design, materials, construction and lifestyle attributes of Emshih Living Communities have been carefully considered for seniors specifically – to encourage and promote an active, engaged and independent lifestyle. Emshih Living will subscribe to the rigorous FitWel™ certification program.
OPTIMAL WALK SCORE
FitWel™ communities are high on the walk score. They are smart, infill sites that promote the use of existing infrastructure and connectivity to the established communities they belong to. Evidence suggests walking promotes an individual’s mobility and increased mood and positivity but also makes for an active and engaged community too.
MORE GREEN CONNECTIONS
FitWel™ designed communities offer residents plenty of outdoor living, open spaces and natural connections. Evidence suggests that seniors thrive when exposed to open air environments like landscaped courtyards, parks, ponds and pathways – Emshih Living has them all.

Boost your exercise quota, socialization and mental vitality beyond your suite. Enjoy year-round outdoor experiences by exploring the many outdoor connections. Join a walking group for fellowship and fitness. Meet the local dog walkers. Greet your neighbours.
BIKE FRIENDLY
Explore safe, smooth, well-lit local trails that encourage confident cycling for seniors. Emshih Living offers storage for residents to enjoy the freedom of bicycling the neighbourhood.

Keep active and balanced on your bike. Engage with the community and nature on a ride.
GARDEN VARIETY
Don’t give up your green thumb. Take part in our communal garden. Emshih Living will offer raised flower, veggie, and fresh herb garden beds to cultivate your own produce.

Nurturing plants and tending to greenery is therapeutic and provides joy for residents.
AL FRESCO DINING
Enjoy seating areas, dining tables and BBQ at The Jacob’s outdoor terrace. Designing landscaped areas encourages spending more time outdoors.

Healthy food and good conversation are key to increased socialization and meaningful relationships.
DESIGNED FOR SERENITY
A sensory garden, a serene courtyard, a quiet space, a sun filled niche, a view of the pond. Emshih Living has been mindfully designed for special moments of quiet, solitude and reflection.

A place of reflection and gratitude is key to positivity and self-care.
IMPROVED WATER QUALITY AND EASY ACCESS
Improved water quality through purified water – free of contaminants and easily accessible is a goal. Every floor will have purified water bottle refilling station for improved hydration and easy access. The dispensers offer easy to use ergonomics for older adults.

Improved hydration is key for older adults. Water on demand means better digestions, better cognition, improved joints, better dietary habits, and decreased consumption of sugary beverage and impulsive choices when snacking.
BRILLIANT LIGHTING
Illuminating. Accurate vision is hard for aging eyes. Appropriate illumination for task lighting, reading, watching TV, crosswords and overall hallway and amenity areas have been considered.

Keeping spaces bright and inviting encourages socialization and connectivity.
BREATHE EASIER
• Improved indoor air quality with an always on, state-of-the-art fresh air ventilation system for continuous optimal fresh air circulation. Brand new construction means plenty of fresh air return and no older “Sick Building Syndrome” staleness.
• Premium Materials – building products, finishes, insulation, flooring, ceiling systems, paints are all considered to minimize off-gassing and noxious odours.
• Smoke free environments.

Enhanced respiratory and cognition, improved alertness and mental health and relief for those suffering allergy, asthma and respiratory conditions.
WAYFINDING COMFORT–LIGHTING THE WAY
Visibility is key for safety, security, mobility and freedom of independence.

Increased safety and peace-of-mind leads to more independence.
BETTER “STAIRWEL” ATTITUDE
Burn Calories, Not Electricity – Emshih Living considers the case for more stair use and less reliance on elevators. Staircases are centrally located, easily accessible, wider format in pleasing bright colours – with natural light from nearby windows.

Stair use is great for keeping active and nimble. Encouraging able bodied residents to take the stairs adds vim and vigour to their steps while saving on electricity.
BETTER BUILT
Smart technology, premium building products, and leading-edge construction mean solid construction and stately good looks.

• Premium Materials – brick and stone mean solid construction and stately good looks.
• Noise reduction – increased acoustic panels are a sound investment.
• Wet zones are water resistant materials for mould prevention.

Quality construction and premium materials contribute to everyday ease and satisfaction.
ACTIVE MIND. ACTIVE BODY.
FitWel™ and Emshih Living have a shared mind set when it comes to life-long learning and the pursuit of personal fulfillment and productivity.

By pursuing our favourite passions, activities and hobbies we feed our hearts and make our minds sharp. Enjoy an enriched educational and fulfilling inner life with stimulating conversation, book clubs, lectures and group outings. Be creative with art, crafts, baking, card games – now is the time to rediscover what fulfills you!
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GIVING BACK

Our thoughtful retirement communities integrate the FitWel™ certification system, optimizing buildings to support better health and efficiency. Our forward-thinking and innovative perspective enhances the enjoyment, health and wellness of our residents. We distinguish ourselves through a core commitment to enrich our surroundings as a whole.

At Emshih Living we celebrate healthy, active lifestyles so that residents and guests can enjoy something new every day and live their best self every moment of each day.

Over the years, Emshih Living has played an active role in the community by serving on the Board of Directors for the Burlington Economic Development Corporation and sponsoring various community events. Emshih Living has donated building space to non-profit organizations such as Habitat for Humanity and Danielle’s Place, an eating disorder resource centre. Emshih Living has also donated 98 acres from the Garden Trail development for nature conservation

EMSHIH LIVING, PROUDLY SUPPORTS
THE FOLLOWING ORGANIZATIONS:

Burlington Community Foundation
Burlington Economic Development Corporation
Burlington Green
Burlington Performing Arts Centre
Burlington Teen Tour Band
Canadian Breast Cancer Network
The Carpenter Hospice
(Burlington Rotary Community Hospice Inc.) Compassionate Society
Danielle’s Place
Habitat for Humanity
Halton Learning Foundation
Mon Sheong Foundation
Reach Out Centre for Kids (ROCK)
Yee Hong Community Centre for the Aged
YMCA Hamilton’s Transitional Living Program
St. Joseph Villa
Halton Woman’s Place
Royal Botanical Gardens
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