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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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​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​COVID 19 


Impact on Township Services & Programs

The Township​ places the health of our residents and visitors first, and as such, we are ensuring increased sanitizing practices on all common touch points and public spaces. Public education focusing on hand washing and cough etiquette has been increased in high traffic locations. Hand sanitizing stations are available at the entrances of each of our facilities that remain open and​ we are encouraging everyone to use them often.

We are also continuin​g to work with public health officials to monitor and assess the situation.  ​


The Township of Essa is urging residents to use our Online Registration system w​here possible and avoid unnecessary trips to the Administration Centre.

A drop box is located at the upper le​vel entrance of the Administration Centre. Residents are able to leave payments via ​cheque in this drop box. Please ensure your contact information as well as information relevant to the payment is included and place in a sealed e​nvelope.  To vie​w location of the upper level drop box please click here​.​

​All payments can be made utilizing the ​drop box described above.

This page is dedicated to COVID-19 and will be updated as new information is made available. ​​


Simcoe County's public transit service has adjusted t​heir service schedules in response to the COVID-19 Pandemic.  For more information on reduced services please click here​.


At its meeting of June 17, 2020 Council passed Resolution CW099-2020 which waives all penalties and interest charges with respect to unpaid 2020 Taxes and water/sewer charges until the first day of the month following the end of the Township of Essa's State of Emergency.


We are asking residents who have found a dog running at large, to please secure the dog in an outdoor location (ie; backyard, leashed safely to front porch, or secured​ in garage if at all possible) and contact the Township of Essa at (705) 424-9917 during business hours to​ transfer of the dog. Staff will not be en​tering into a home at this time to secure a dog, so please help make social distancing possible. 

During business hours, contact 705-424-9917 extension 122.



The Building Department will be issuing building permits.




Our Parks and Recreation programs remain cancelled, please watch our website and social media for updates coming soon.  The Township of Essa has resumed bookings for our facilities.  To book a facility please fill out and submit our ​​​ Facility Rental Form available here.  Rental will be approved based on regulations set out by the Ontario G​overnment. For more information please contact the Parks an​d Recreation Department at (705) 424-9917 ext 107.​​

​Related Pages



  • Administration Centre:​ Open
  • Angus Recreation Centre: Closed
  • Thornton Arena: Closed
  • Fishing Parks: Don Ross and Nottawasaga Fishing Parks are open (Centennial Park remains CLOSED)​
  • All dog parks: Open​
  • Baseball Diamonds, Skateboard Parks, Outdoor Arenas, Basketball Courts, Tennis/Pickleball Courts and Sports Fields (League play permit​ted with COVID19 protocols in place​): Open
  • Essa Public Library: Both Angus and Thornton Branches of the Essa Public Library are open​​

​​Regular Council and Committee of the Whole Meetings / Local Board and Committee Meetings 

In response to Provincial Regulations surrounding the COVID-19 Pandemic, Staff have worked hard to provide the public with a safe environment for physically attending Regular Council and Committee of the Whole Meetings.  As such, seating is limited, face masks are required, and those in attendance are required to sign in by providing their name, address and phone number (for contact tracing purposes only).  

Att​endance Duri​ng C​OVID-19​
If you would like to attend a Council meeting in person or by electronic means (ie: teleconference, Zoom), you are required to pre-register by calling 705-424-9917 ext 116 or 117 by NOON on the day of the meeting.​

Local Board an​d ​Committee Meetings are being held as follows:

  • ​​​Traffic Advisory Committee - via Zoom​
  • Accessibility Advisory Committee - via Zoom
  • Healthy Community Committee - via Zoom
  • Parks and Recreation Committee - via Zoom
  • Essa Public Library Board​ - via Zoom
  • Age Friendly Steering Committee -  via Zoom

Should any member of the public wish to attend any of the above-noted Local Board or Committee meetings, please contact the member of staff responsible for that Committee.​​