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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

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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​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​State of Emergency Declared in Essa​

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A State of Emergency still remains in effect in the Township of Essa.  It is urgent that Essa residents take steps to limit the number of people that we come in contact with to help stop the spread of COVID-19.  

As of November 16, 2020 the Ontario Government has implemented a new system of restrictions based on health unit boundaries called the COVID-19 Response Framework "Keeping Ontario Safe and Open".  Within this framework, the Township of Essa falls within the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit.  The Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit is currently in the ORANGE ZONE​​.  The Orange ​​Zone is for restrict, enhance​d measures, restrictions and enforcement, avoiding any closures​.  For information on the orange zone as well as other zones please click here​.​

As of December 1​, 2020, there have been a total of ​104​ confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Essa. ​91 are recovered; 1 death; and, 12 active.

The breakdown of transmissions is: 5​​​​ acquired through travel, 47 acquired through close conta​ct; 2​1​​ cases were community acquired; 8​ were acquired from workplace ​outbreaks; 6 were acquired through institutional outbreaks; 2 were acquired from congregate setting; 11​ were acquired from outbreaks in educational sett​ing; 4​ are under investigation​​​​​​.​​

Face Coverings Required​ to be Worn at All Indoor Public Spaces​​

During the COVID-19 Pandemic, Essa Council is required to follow Orders mandated under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act.  Orders and Regulations are passed by the Federal, Provincial, and upper tier governments (County of Simcoe), as well as the local health units (Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit) during a state of emergency.  Essa Council continues to help keep residents safe by following the directives of upper tier governments and local health units.  Effective July 13, 2020, the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit issued a directive requiring all patrons to wear ​​face coverings when accessing all Indoor Public Spaces as well as Transit.  Directives and Orders released by the Federal, Provincial, and upper-tier governments as well by local health units supersede Essa Council when a State of Emergency as has been declared by the Province of Ontario.​

Masks should be used as part of a comprehensive strategy of measures to suppress transmission and save lives; the use of a mask alone is not sufficient to provide an adequate level of protection against COVID-19​.

How to wear a Mask:​

  • ​Clean your hands before you p​ut your mask on, as well as before and after you take it off.​​

  • Make sure it covers both your nose, mouth and chin.

  • Wear a fabric mask unless you’re in a particular risk group. This is especially important when you can’t stay physically distanced, particularly in crowded and poorly ventilated indoor settings.

  • Wear a medical/surgical mask if you:

    • Are over 60, 

    • Have underlying medical conditions ​

    • Are feeling unwell, and/or 

    • ​Are looking after an i​ll family me​mber.

Please click here for common questions and answers with respect to mask wearing for adults and children. 

Social Circles & Gath​erings

The Province has placed new​ limits on the number of people allowed to attend unmonitored private social gatherings across the province, effective September 19, 2020.  For private gatherings, the limit (in accordance with the Orange Zone) are as follows:

  • 10 people at an indoor event or gathering; or
  • 25 people at an outdoor event or gathering.

Unmonitored and private social gatherings include functions, parties, dinners, gatherings, BBQs or wedding rec​ptions held in private residences, backyards, parks and other recreational areas.

The Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit​ has advised that citizens are to limit close contacts to those in your household only.  If your social circle wants to get ​together do so outside and at a distance.

Everyday Actions to Protect​ Yourself & Others

Source: SMDHU

Each of us can help stop the spread of COVID-19 in our communities and across the region. There are everyday actions we should all use to protect ourselves and others. These actions are very important because:

  • The majority of cases in the Simcoe-Muskoka region are caused by community transmission of COVID-19, which means that the virus is spreading in the community from person-to-person and is not linked to travel or a previously known case
  • This is not just a disease affecting the elderly.  Most cases in the Simcoe-Muskoka region are among adults between 35 and 64 years of age.

Please refer to the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit for full information about recommended actions that can help stop the spread of the virus that causes COVID-19. Actions* include:

  • Stay at home as much as possible
  • Avoid heading to cottage country
  • Practice physical distancing (2 metres)
  • Practice proper hand-washing​ hygiene
  • Go for a walk/exercise if you can
  • Wear a non-medical face mask
  • Shop safely​

​​NOW O​​P​​EN

​​Conservation Areas -effective May 15,​ 2020 the NVCA is opening its conservation areas for public use, with restrictions on social distancing.  Please call 705-424-1479 for more information.   2020-05-13 NVCA​ Med​ia Release

Municipal Trails - effective May 8, 2020, the Township of Essa opened its municipal trails for public  use.  Please exercise social distancing rules.

Burn Permits - effective May 1, 2020 the Burn Ban was lifted. 

Seasonal Campgrounds - effective May 16, 2020 seasonal campgrounds can b​egin to prepare to open.  Please note that over-night stays remain​ prohibited.

Essa Parks and Recreation - Baseball diamonds, basketball courts, outdoor arenas, tennis courts, sports fields, benches, picnic shelters and skateboard parks are now OPEN for residents to enjoy! Please practice social distancing.  Please note that league play is not permitted at this time.​

Fishing Parks - The Don Ross and Nottawasaga Fishing Parks are open.  Please note that an Essa Township Access Pass is required to fish at Essa fishing parks, the pass must remain on your person ​w​hile fishing in the fishing parks.  To purchase a Access Pass please click here​.​

Facility Rental - We are now accepting facility rental requests, please fill out and submit our Facility Rental Request form available here.

​Dog Park - Effective May 25, 2020 the dog park in Angus is open​.

Library - Both branches of the Essa Public Library are open​.​   Essa Library ​Re-Opening
Splash Pads - Effective June 15, 2020, all 3 splash pads in Essa are open! Hours of Operation are Monday ​to Friday 10:00am to 6:00pm and Saturday/Sunday 10:00am to 5:00pm.​​​

Marriage Licences - Effective August 4, 2020 the Township of Essa will issue Marriage Licences to all applications by appointment only. Please contact ahutchins@essatownship.on.ca​ to book an appointment.

**Please note that for indoor weddings or funerals attendance is limited to 30% of the capacity of the venue and outdoor weddings and funerals attendance is limited to 100​ attendees.  For both indoor and outdoors wedding and funerals social distancing is to be observed for persons outside of your social circle.

Play Structures - Effective Friday, July 17, 2020 All parks in Essa are OPEN!  Brownley Meadows Park is the only park that remains closed at this time​.  

For a listing of closures, please see the CO​VID-19 Impacts page.​​


​COV​​ID-1​9 (aka Corona V​​irus)​

COVID-19 is a respiratory virus with pneumonia-like symptoms. There are confirmed cases in Canada, including Ontario. The Township of Essa is working closely with the Simcoe-Muskoka District Health Unit, the County of Simcoe and other community partners to monitor the global situation to be as prepared as po​​ssible and respond accordingly. 

The Ministry of Health has released an Enhanced and Interactive Self Assessment Tool website that ​can be accessed h​ere.

Risk to Canadia​​​ns

COVID-19 is a serious health threat, and the situation is evolving daily. The risk will vary between and within communities, but given the increasing number of cases in Canada, the risk to Canadians is considered high.

This does not mean that all Canadians will get the disease. It means that there is already a significant impact on our health care system. If we do not flatten the epidemic curve now, the increase of COVID-19 cases could impact health care resources available to Canadians.​

The Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit has information on their website about Preparing for a Pande​mic​ .​​

Regular handwashing is the best defense against spreading illnesses, including COVID-19.​

Support for Residents - ​Delivery Assistance

If you are in need of groceries, pharmaceutical supplies or other services, please phone 211, email 211info@communityconnection.ca or visit ​211ontario.ca.  211 exists to connect people to urgent needs and essential services. 211 is multilingual and operates 24/7, so please call or email if you are unable to access needed supplies or services.  

211 - Grocery and Pharmaceutical Delivery Options

Ontario Community Support

Meal and essential supplies delivery services for isolated, low-income seniors. For more information please click here

​​Be Good Neighbour​​s

Council and staff are encouraging Essa residents to be good neighbours, if you have an elderly neighbour or know of a neighbour in self-isolation, reach out to them by phone to see if they need anything.​​

​​​Seniors considering ​travelling to a warmer climate​ ...​​

With winter just around the corner, seniors thinking of heading to warmer locations may want to reconsider. While COVID-19 can make anyone sick, older adults are at much higher risk of developing a severe disease or other health-related complications. By staying in Canada, seniors can better protect themselves and their families.

Canada continues to advise against all non-essential travel outside Canada, including all cruise ship travel. If you must travel, please consult the Government of Canada's advice for older travellers and be sure to read COVID-19: Travel, quarantine and borders

Things to consider before you go

  • Local public health measures may be less stringent than those in Canada, potentially putting you at greater risk of infection.
  • You may suddenly face strict restrictions at your destination, such as curfews, lockdowns and quarantines.
  • You may have a hard time obtaining essential products and services, including medications, while abroad.
  • Your travel insurance may not cover medical expenses or cover you for an unexpected extended stay.
  • The Government of Canada may have limited capacity to offer you consular services.
  • Flight options could be reduced, making it difficult for you to return to Canada. No further repatriation flights are planned.
  • You must wear a mask or face covering at all times while travelling.
  • You must quarantine for 14 days upon your return to Canada.

​Free travel webinars

Global Affairs Canada is offering free webinars on the potential risks of travelling abroad, along with information about digital tools and consular assistance available to Canadians. If you would like Global Affairs Canada to present a webinar to your organization, please contact outreach.sensibilisation@international.gc.ca. 

National Seniors Council – Governor in Council appointment process

The Government of Canada is seeking applications from qualified Canadians to fill current and future vacancies on the National Seniors Council. Interested individuals are strongly encouraged to apply as soon as possible on the Governor in Council appointments website. 

Reminder to Guaranteed Income Supplement recipients who have not filed their 2019 income tax

To avoid any interruptions in benefits in January 2021, Guaranteed Income Supplement recipients who have not already filed their 2019 income tax information should file their taxes electronically with the Canada Revenue Agency or contact Service Canada by calling 1-800-277-9914 and providing their income information over the phone.



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