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

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​​​​​As of July 16, 2021 the Province has moved into Step 3​ of the Provincial Roadmap to Re-opening​.  To learn more about restrictions, public health and workplace measures, please follow this link:  ​ https://www.ontario.ca/page/reopening-ontario​

A State of Emergency still remains in effect in the Tow​nship 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 reported by the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit ​on November 19​, 2021, the​re have been a tot​al of ​598 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in​ Essa (581​ recovered, 9 ​active ​but not in hospital, 3​​​​​​​​ hospitalized, 5​​ dec​eased​). ​F​or a breakdown on the status in respect of active vs. recovered cases in addition to the confirmed ​methods of transmission, please click S​imcoe Muskoka District Health Unit. ​​


Spectators at ​​Parks ​​and ​Recreation Facilities (Effective October 1, 2021)

Please be advised​ that effective October 1, 2021, participants entering an Essa Township Recreation Facility will now be permitted to have 2 spectators per perso​n.

NOTICE: ​Pro​of of​​ Vaccination Required (Effective September 22, 2021)

In accordance with the order of the provincial government, effective Wednesday September 22nd, ​participants, instructors, coaches, sp​ectators, volunteers, and staff will be required to provide proof of vaccination and a valid form of identification in order to gain access into the below facilities

  • Angus Recreation Centre (8529 County Rd 10, Angus ON L0M 1B2)​
  • Thornton Community Centre (246 Barrie St, Thornton ON, L0L 2N0)

Entry Proc​ess

  1. Complete online screening tool/waiver prior to arrival.
    Angus Arena Screening Tool  Angus Gymnasium Screening Tool  Thornton Arena Screening Tool
  2. Provide Attendant with valid I.D. and proof of Covid-19 vaccination

*Only individuals who have preregistered for rentals will be permitted entry.

Valid Form​s of I.D.

- Birth certificate​
- Citizenship card
- Driver's License
- Government Issued Identification Card
- Health Card
- Status Card or Indigenous membership Card
- Passport
- Permanent Resident Card ​

Proof of Vaccination Required - Refer to Chart Below


Administration Centre - Open with COVID protocols in place.  For a listing of how se​rvices have been impacted, or are being offered to residents, please visit the COVID-19 Impacts  page.  

Angus Recreation Centre  -   Essa Township is now accepting Facility Rental requests. Interested parties should reach out via email to bwhite@essatownship.on.ca Or phone (705) 424-9917 x 107

Dog Park - Remains open, however users are to use at their ow​​n risk.  Visitors are required to exercise social distancing rules and wear masks.

Fishing Parks - Remain open but are to be used at own risk.  Visitors to the Fishing ​​​Parks are to avoid gathering and exercise social distancing.  Please note that an Essa Township Access Pass ​is required to fish at Essa fishing parks, and the pass must remain on your person ​w​hile fishing.

Library (Angus and Thornton Branche​​​s) - Both branches are open to the public. Curbside services will also continue during regular library hours as a public convenience. Visit ww.library.on.ca for more information, ​or call 705-424-6531 (Angus Branch) or 705-458-2549 (Thornton Branch).

Outdoor Rinks - are open​.

Play Equipment and Parks (Green space) - Rem​​ain open for use however they are to be used by residents at their own risk.  Please exercise social distancing rules and avoid social gathering.​  Play equipment is not sanitized on a regular basis, so they are to be used at the risk of the visitor.

Splash Pads - are open daily between 10:00 am to 8:00 pm and are to be at own risk. ​Po​rtable washrooms are serviced weekly and are to be used at own risk.

Sport Fields - All baseball diamonds, basketball courts, sports fields, are open. Social distancing is required and outdoor gathering is limited to 100 people.​  Field rental requests are being accepted, please email requests to bwhite@essatownship.on.ca​ or phone (705) 424-9917 x 107 to book a field.

Skateboard Park​ - Open.

Thornton Recreation Centre - Essa Township is now accepting Facility Rental requests. Interested parties should reach out via email to bwhite@essatownship.on.ca Or phone (705) 424-9917 x 107

Trails - Open fo​r use.  Please exercise social distancing​ rules.​

Social Circles & Gath​erings ​

  • Indoor social gatherings and organized public ​​events are permitted up to 25 people
  • Outdoor social gatherings and organized public events are permitted up to 100​ people​.​

​Face Coverings Required​ to be Worn at All Indoor Pu​blic Spaces​​

During the COVID-19 Pandemic, Essa Council is required to follow Orders mandated under the Emergency Manageme​nt 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. 

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​

​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 isolate​d, 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 upon us​, 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.



R​esources for Residents & Businesses​

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