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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​

Canine Control 905-729-0915 ​

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 705-424-9770.​

After hours Canine Control (after 4:30 p.m. or Saturday and Sunday) can be reached at 905-729-0915​.

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