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Welcome to Essa Township

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

All Council meetings will be held electronically until further notice. Meetings will be live streamed to the Township of Essa's Youtube Channel .

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​​​​​Canine Control​

Due to COVID-19 the Township's annual low cost rabies clinic is cancelled.  For information on low cost rabies clinics in Simcoe County please click here.

​Dog Tags​ - Now Available Online!!​

In accordance with By-law 2006-18 every owner of​ a dog shall obtain a license annually as soon as the dog has attained the age of twelve (12) weeks. 

One-year dog licenses are available at the Essa Public Library (Angus and Thornton Branches), and at the Administration Centre for a cost of $25.00 per tag. These tags must be renewed each calendar year. ​

​REMINDER TO RESIDENTS - Dogs are not permitted to run at large.

Due to an increased number of d​og bites in and around our Township, and in the best interest of Public Safety, this is a friendly reminder to all residents that dogs must be leashed and are not permitted to run at large. Canine Control By-law 2006-18 ​ regulates the control of dogs in the Township and is being strictly enforced. Owners of dogs found running at large are subject to fines.

If you have found a dog running at large during regular business hours please call the Municipal Enforcement Officer at (705) 424-9917.​

NEW!  Effective December 1, 2020 the Township of Essa will no longer offer after hours canine transportation​.  If a dog is found by residents after hours, we kindly request that you contact the Alliston and District Humane Society to surrender the dog or contact the Essa Administration Centre Monday to Friday 8:30am to 4:30pm at (705) 424-9917. 

If you have lost your dog, our Officers may have taken the dog to Alliston & District Humane Society. Please contact them directly t​o make arrangements for pick up and payment of any outstanding charges at:

Alliston and District Humane Society
​5545 Concession 4, Adjala-Tosorontio
​Phone 647-882-2908

Animal Cruelty

As of June 29, 2019 Ontario's Animal Cruelty enforcement has changed.​

If you would like to report a case of cruelty to animals, call  1-833-9ANIMAL (1-833-926-4625).

For more information please view -OSPCA Changes