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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
  • If burning, use extreme caution. No burn ban at the moment, but we are not approving large fire requests that require an inspection at this time.
  • Office Closed-Canada Day July 1 2016 Office Closed-Canada Day July 1 2016
    The Administration Centre will be closed on Friday July 1st to celebrate Canada Day. The office will re-open on Monday July 4th. We hope you have a safe and happy holiday!
  • HAPPY BIRTHDAY CANADA!! Be sure to come out and celebrate Canada Day on Friday July 1st at Community Park in Angus. Don't forget about the Fireworks Display at dusk at the Essa Agriplex!!
  • Many thanks to Enbridge Gas Distribution for their support of Essa's Department! Their generous contribution will assist with the purchase of firefighting training materials in the Township of Essa.
  • Congratulations are in order for Essa's very own Mayor Dowdall! Mayor Dowdall was re-elected to the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) as the Ontario representative at its annual conference held in Winnipeg on June 2-5, 2016.
  • Take advantage and sign your child up for the TD Summer Reading Club! This free summer program for children aged 3 to 12 runs all summer long.
  • Water Use Restrictions Water Use Restrictions
    Friendly reminder to residents that water use restrictions are in place from May 15 to September 30 each calendar year. Not sure if you can water? Check on the Water Use Restrictions page of our website, or click the picture.
  • Summer Blast Day Camp 2016 Summer Blast Day Camp 2016
    Be sure to register early to avoid disappointment! Register online or contact 705-424-9770 extension 125 for more information.
  • Open Air Burn Permits Open Air Burn Permits
  • For more information on the Township of Essa's Fishing Access Pass, click on the picture, or contact the Economic Development Office at 705-424-4054.
  • Essa Spring/Summer Program Guide 2016 Essa Spring/Summer Program Guide 2016
    Interested in registering for one of our programs? Click on the picture to visit our Program Guide listing programs available throughout the spring and summer seasons.

  • ​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 removal and replacement of the Bear Creek Bridge, as well as approximately 600 m of associated reconstruction.   As a result, County Road 56 will be Closed for Bridge Replacement beginning July 4, 2016, and is expected to reopen December 23, 2016.

    The northern limit of the Road Closure will be 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.

  • ​16-06-22 - Federal authorities have recently issued warnings of telephone and door-to-door scams occurring in Simcoe County and across the province where the caller or individual(s) claims to represent the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) or other financial/government bodies. The County of Simcoe is reminding residents to be vigilant when they receive, either by telephone, mail, text message or email, a communication that claims to be from an organization requesting personal information, such as a social insurance number, credit card number, bank account number, passport number, and other forms of personal information.

    “Members of our Council continue to hear about scams in our communities that take advantage of honest taxpayers, often targeting older citizens,” said Warden Gerry Marshall. “Please use precautions anytime you’re asked for personal information and contact local authorities if you suspect fraudulent communications.”

    To read the full article, click the link above.

  • ​Please click on the link above for an update on the County Road 90 and County Road 10 reconstruction project.  This notice provides notification of the 2016 construction startup and the remaining scheduled reconstruction work.

  • The Township of Essa is commencing urbanization works on HURON STREET FROM CENTRE STREET TO KING STREET IN ANGUS. This work includes sidewalk and road construction. It is expected that there will be delays to pedestrian and vehicular traffic, partial lane closures, full lane closures, dust and noise. Construction will begin the week of May 16th and end in early July and will be taking place from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Monday to Friday. While every precaution is taken to ensure the safety of all persons during the urbanization construction, we would remind you that there will be heavy equipment in use. We would stress that extra caution be exercised around the heavy equipment, particularly with children and pets.

    Enquiries may be directed to the Public Works Department at 705-424-8770 ext. 135.

  • The next regularly scheduled meeting of Council will be held on July 6, 2016.
  • TAKE NOTICE that the Council of the Corporation of the Township of Essa will hold a Public Meeting on the 6th day of July, 2016, at approximately 6:00 p.m. at the Essa Administration Centre, 5786 County Road No. 21 , located two (2) kilometres east of Baxter, just west of County Road No. 56 (7th Line), to consider a proposed Zoning By-law Amendment under the Planning Act.

    THE PURPOSE of this Public Meeting is to introduce a proposed Amendment to the Zoning Bylaw in accordance with Section 34 of the Planning Act, R.S.O., c.P.13, to hear comments and review written submissions from the public and other plan review agencies.

    THE PROPOSED ZONING BY-LAW AMENDMENT would affect those lands described as 88 Curtis Street, Angus, Part Lot 30, Concession 3, where lands are proposed to be zoned Residential (R5) Apartment to allow for multi-residential uses converting the existing commercial building to a triplex - refer to attached map.​

  • 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 and the Economic Development Centre, located at the Angus Arena.

    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.