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Township of Essa Administration Centre

5786 County Road 21 | Utopia, ON L0M 1T0

Phone: 705-424-9917 Fax: 705-424-2367

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

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    Effective August 6, 2019 County of Simcoe Linx Transit is up and running. This service provides riders the opportunity to travel from Wasaga Beach to Barrie from Angus! Click for more information.

  • ​The Township has implemented a formalized Pre-consultation process for all Planning Applications.  Further Details on this process  can be obtained on th​e Township's 'Forms' page, or through the Planning and Development Department at extension 104.​

  • ​TAKE NOTICE THAT the Township of Essa in partnership with Ryerson University is conducting a survey to assess the needs of senior residents within our community. Physical copies of the survey can be found at the following locations:

    • Thornton Public Library – 34 Robert St. Thornton, ON L0L 2N0;
    • Angus Public Library – 8505 County Rd. 10 #1, Angus, ON L0M 1B1;
    • Township of Essa Administrative Centre – 5786 Simcoe County Rd. 21, Angus, ON L0M 1T0; and
    • Naturally For You – 211 Mill St. Angus, ON L0M 1B2.


    Collection boxes can also be found at these locations for completed survey questionnaires. A PDF copy of the survey can be found by clicking the top of this page.


    If you have any questions regarding the Age-Friendly Needs Assessment Survey, feel free to email or contact Liam Munnoch at 705-424-9917 ext. 104.​

  • A Municipal Class Environmental Assessment (Class EA) was completed in 2012 by CL Marshall Farms Ltd. for wastewater servicing for Baxter.  Since the study in 2012 was completed information on treatment technologies has changed and Brookfield Resdential is re-commencing a Class EA to assess the alternative solutions to meet the projected demends.  Costs for the study are being paid by the developer.  

    A public open house is expected to take place in Feruary 2020, details for the meeting will be released in early 2020.

    ​Any questions or requests for information can be sent to:

    Rayna Thompson, Director Land Development Brookfield Residential
    Tel: (905) 948-5003

    Mike Jones, President, Azimuth Environmental Consulting Inc.
    Tel: (705) 721-8451 ext 213

  • ​Take Notice that a Special Meeting of Council is scheduled to take place in the Council Chambers at the Administration Centre on Tuesday January 28, 2020 commencing at 1:00 p.m.

    The purpose of the Special Meeting is to proceed into Closed Session in order to address matters pertaining to:

    • Personal matters about an identifiable individual, inlcuding municipal or local board members [s.239(2)(b);
    • Labour relations or employee negotiations [s.239(2)(c)]; and
    • Education or training [s.239(3.1)]
  • The next regularly scheduled meeting of Council will be held in Council Chambers on February 5, 2020 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 $40.00.  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.