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Township of Essa Administration Centre

5786 County Road 21 | Utopia, ON L0M 1T0

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

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

Township of Essa
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    Join us at the Thornton Arena every Friday afternoon starting June 1st for the Thornton Farmers Market.
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    Due to inclement weather, the Ministry has cancelled the Election Candidate Information Session that was scheduled for 6:30 p.m. tonight. Please click the picture for more information on dates for sessions at other locations.
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    TIP-Exercise caution and ALWAYS request ID

  • 18-01-04 - ESSA, ON – After several recent false alarm incidents, a frustrated Fire Chief says people are still not getting the message about working smoke and carbon monoxide (CO) alarms.

    To read more please click the link above

  • The Angus, Baxter And Thornton  Annual Drinking Water System Reports For 2017 Are Now Posted On Our Webiste.
    Residents Who Wish To View Hard Copies Are Welcome To Come To The Administration Centre, Located At 5786 County Rd 21, Utopia During Regular Business Hours.
    Monday – Friday 8:30am – 4:30pm

  • ​Take Notice that the Council of the Corporation of the Township of Essa will hold a Public Meeting on May 2, 2018 at 6:00pm at the Essa Administration Centre, 5786 County Road 21, Utopia to introduce a proposed Amendment to the Zoning By-Law affecting lands described as 365 Centre Street, East Part Lot 31, Concession 4. 

  • The next regularly scheduled meeting of Council will be held in Council Chambers on May 2nd​, 2018 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.
  • It has been reported to the Township of Essa that there are individuals offering to test the water in the homes of residents and implying or suggesting that these individuals are affiliated with the Ontario Clean Water Agency on behalf of the Township of Essa. Neither the Ontario Clean Water Agency nor the Township of Essa is affiliated with any individuals or companies offering to test the water in your home.


    Any Township or Ontario Clean Water Agency representatives visiting your house will have appropriate identification and residents are advised to request such identification.


    Some points to remember should you choose to open your door to a salesperson:

    • Do not invite the person(s) inside.
    • Do not sign any documents under pressure.
    • If you are not interested in what is being offered or if they use aggressive tactics, ask them to leave your property, if you are suspicious, immediately report the incident to police (the non-emergency number of the Nottawasaga OPP is 1-888-310-1122).


    If you have questions or concerns about any door-to-door experience you have had, call the Ministry of Government and Consumer Services at 1-800-889-9768.