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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

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Healthy Community Committee

​The purpose of this committee is to advise Council on ways and/or opportunities that the municipality can utilize to promote a healthier community for all residents to enjoy (ie: planning for trails, sidewalks, parks and public spaces, buying locally grown or raised foods, and many more aspects of creating a "healthier community").

Healthy Community Committee Meetings and Minutes

Linking People & Communities
VISION​Essa is a community where Town and County live and grow together, prosperity and peace built upon its natural, agricultural and historic heritage.​ ​
​MISSION​To protect, preserve and enhance the natural, agricultural and historic resources of Essa by linking people and communities through involvement in the planning, promotion and celebration of healthy active lifestyles with a focus on the Nottawasaga River and associated tributaries, access to local food, active transportation, safety, community revitalization, and environmental, agricultural and community sustainability. ​ ​ ​
​GOALS​Build Active Transportation and Recreation Opportunities
​Strengthen Local Food System
​Protect, Preserve & Enhance Nature: Air Water & Soil
​Celebrate History
Strengthen Local Economy​


​Plan an inter-connected trail system;

Promote infrastructure that supports pedestrian movement and cycling;

Create a strategy for use of waterways;

Develop parks and supportive amenities;

Promote enjoyment of the natural environment.

​Assess and develop policies that protect and preserve the agricultural resource base;

Promote agriculture through education and celebrations;

Promote eating local.

​Assess and develop policies that protect and preserve the natural resource base for environmental sustainability;

Clean and restore waterways;

Develop links to preserve natural heritage;

Plant trees to encourage natural habitats to flourish

​Develop an inventory of historical assets;

Raise historical awareness;

Develop a strategy to incorporate significant historical assets into recreational and tourism opportunities;

Preserve our history.

​Establish partnerships to support the implementation of healthy living initiatives;

Create Essa as a destination by promoting the natural, agricultural and historical assets.