About the Community
About the Community
Embro is a welcoming, vibrant farming community in the midst of Canada’s most productive farmland, set on gently rolling hills and immense natural beauty. It offers a community centre, arena, playing fields and playgrounds, a branch of the Oxford County Library, a community theatre, café, restaurant, gas station and variety store, and many other amenities and businesses. The Embro Highland Games take place each year on July 1; instituted in 1856 by descendants of the Scottish settlers who first came to this area in 1820, these are the longest-running Highland Games in Ontario.
Embro is conveniently located in Oxford County (population 111,000), just 10 minutes to the 401, and within easy driving distance to the cities of London, Woodstock and Stratford, and the towns of Ingersoll, Thamesford and St. Mary’s. Oxford County is known for its agricultural productivity and innovation, its commerce and industry, and its thriving arts, culture and culinary community.
Oxford County is home to numerous theatre companies (and a short drive from the renowned Stratford Festival), bountiful farmers' markets, a wealth of artisanal cheese makers (check out the Oxford County Cheese Trail!), museums to celebrate our storied past, and fall fairs to mark another season's harvest. It boasts numerous conservation areas and 150 kilometres of scenic trails for hiking and biking — and a master plan for the county that will add more than 800 kilometres of new trails.
Oxford County is a fitting location for such an ambitious sustainable housing development, as it is already making a name for itself as a sustainability leader: in 2015, it became the first municipality in Ontario (the second in Canada, after Vancouver) to commit to 100% renewable energy for its electricity, heating and cooling, and transportation sectors for the entire community by 2050. It has made similarly ambitious commitments in regard to becoming a Zero Waste community, and to protecting and restoring ecosystems and woodlands. In 2017, Oxford County mandated that all new affordable housing must meet Passive House standards.