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Township of Essa Administration Centre

5786 County Road 21 | Utopia, ON L0M 1T0

Phone: 705-424-9770 TTY: 705-424-5302 Fax: 705-424-2367

Office Hours: Monday through Friday 8:30 am to 4:30 pm

Township of Essa
  • 17-03-24 - Essa Township is the successful recipient of $101,200 from the Ontario150 Community Capital Program Grant. For more information, please click the picture
  • Controlled Burn April 2017 Controlled Burn April 2017
  • Annual Job Fair 2017 Annual Job Fair 2017
  • Please take notice of the new time for the Parent-Tot Skating on Mondays at the Thornton Arena.
  • Be sure to tie your skates up when you visit one of our Arenas for Public Skating. For a full listing of dates/times for Public Skating, Shinny Hockey and Outdoor Pads, visit the Recreation page.

  • ​16-11-10 - Kidde, Health Canada and the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission jointly issued a recall of two models of the Kidde Nighthawk hard-wired combination smoke and carbon monoxide (CO) alarms: model KN-COSM-IBCA (without battery backup) and model KN-COSM-ICA (without battery backup). The recalled alarms were manufactured between June 1, 2004, and March 2011.

    Under certain circumstances , the alarm can fail to continue to chirp when it reaches its end of life (after seven years), leading consumers to believe that it is still working.


  • ​17-01-30 - If you would like to view the Environmental Study Report regarding the Baxter Settlement Area Water Supply and Distribution System Upgrades, please click the link above.

  • A Public Meeting is scheduled to take place on April 19, 2017, commencing at 6:00 pm in the Council Chambers located at the Administration Centre (5786 County Road 21, Utopia ON).

    The purpose of the public meeting is to hear comments from members of the public with respect to a proposed Temporary Use Amendment to the Zoning By-law​ regarding the property located at 8206 11th Line, Essa.

  • UPDATED 16-12-21-EXTENSION TO ROAD CLOSURE - The County of Simcoe hereby advises and notifies all affected parties of the pending Bear Creek Bridge Replacement Work. The structure is located over the Bear Creek on County Road 56, approximately 700 m south of Sideroad 30, at Lot 29, Concession 6/7, in the Township of Essa; County of Simcoe. The Work includes the replacement of the Bear Creek Bridge, as well as approximately 600 m of road reconstruction.

    As such, County Road 56 Is expected to remain closed until March 2017.

    The northern limit of the Road Closure is immediately south of the entrance to Bear Creek Golf Course, with the southern limit approximately 200 m south of the existing structure.  Motorists are encouraged to utilize County Roads 90, 27 and 21 to bypass the Closure.

  • The next regularly scheduled meeting of Council will be held in Council Chambers on April 5, 2017 starting at 6:00 p.m.
  • The Township of Essa has a new burning by-law that allows for recreational/camp fire, open air burning and open air burning with an inspection.

    No person(s) or owners(s) of land shall set a fire or permit the setting of a fire without first having obtained an authorized burn permit.  Burning must be in accordance with the Open Air Burning By-law 2015-92 or subsequent by law.   A permit shall not be issued in a settlement area with clearance of less than 15 feet/5 metre from any structure.

    Permit is valid until the end of each calendar year at a cost of $25.00.  Burn Permits (except for those that require an inspection) can be obtained on-line by going to on-line registration.   Permits can also be obtained from the Township Administration Centre, upstairs, during regular business hours.

    For more information or inquiries please contact the Fire Department at 705-424-5828.
  • Smoke alarms are always a major push for the fire service.  In over 60% of the calls we respond to we find out of date, missing or no smoke alarms.  We found that we were hearing the same reasons over and over again as to why the owners did not have smoke alarms, so we decided to start this campaign as a ‘fun’ way of raising awareness and addressing the excuses that we hear far too often.
    Our goal is to raise awareness and drive home the message that smoke alarms are not only a legal requirement.  They are the early warning system that gives you the time you need to escape a fire.
    While it is an adult responsibility to maintain smoke alarms, we know from experience that they don’t always do it.  We thought that if the excuses that we most commonly hear from adults are coming from children, it will drive home the point that there is absolutely no excuse for not having and maintaining a working smoke alarm.  These excuses are REAL.  We did not hire a marketing company or make them up!
    If the PSA’s make you smile. Laugh or even get you angry, please share with your friends and family.  Let’s make sure everybody has working Smoke alarms.  #ExcusesAreChildish! 
    This is the first of five PSAs, we will be releasing a new one every Friday for the next five weeks.