Are you moving or considering a move to Essa Township?

The municipality offers a unique balance to its residents, with well-built thriving urban areas, peaceful rural living, scenic conservation areas and historic Base Borden, there is something for everyone!

Come and visit Essa Township - Where Town and Country Meet

Moving in or out?  Please ensure that you complete the online Municipal Water & Sewer Account Form to ensure that your utilities are switched over.  

To report a Water and Sewer move out/move in, billing inquiries and/or disconnects, please contact  Public Works at 705-424-9917 ext. 114.

Essa is a lower tier municipality within the upper tier municipality of Simcoe County. It is bounded by County Road 90 to its north, County Road 27 to its east, Ontario Highway 89 and County Road 15 to its south. The Township is approximately 100 kilometres north of Toronto.

Essa was named after a Native American Chief's daughter, and is older than Canada itself.  Essa was originally pioneered by 3 families (George Dinwoody, Thomas Duff, and Samuel McClain) who lived together in a log shanty.  The log shanty was utilized for religious services, school and Council.  The Township of Essa was comprised of 6 communities during this time (early 1862).

Essa held its first council meeting on January 21, 1850!

The Township of Essa has many services available to its residents.  

The County of Simcoe is responsible for waste management and collection in Essa.  For information on garbage, recycling and landfills please contact the County of Simcoe.

Community assistance is also available through 211 Ontario

The Essa Administration Centre is located at 5786 County Rd 21 in Utopia and can assist residents with all municipal inquiries.  Please visit our contact page to find department contacts. 

The Township of Essa provides water and sewage services to it residents.  To set up accounts or obtain information, please reach out to our Public Works Department.

Essa Township has a Volunteer Fire Department with two stations, one located in Angus and one located in Thornton.  Please visit Essa Fire Department for contact information.

The Essa Public Library operates two branches - one in Angus and one in Thornton.  For contact information please visit the Essa Library   

For emergency services please dial 9-1-1.  For non-emergency issues, please contact the OPP non-emergency at 1-888-310-1122.  Police services are provided to Essa by the Nottawasaga OPP detachment.

Essa's By-law Department can be reached phone at (705) 424-9917 ext 122 or 123 or email 

Essa's By-laws are available on our website.

The Township of Essa is an urban/rural mixed Township comprised of the three major communities of Angus, Thornton and Baxter, with Canada's largest Canadian Forces training base, Base Borden, within its boundaries.  Essa also includes the smaller hamlets of Colwell, Egbert, Ivy and Utopia and is approximately 20 minutes east of Barrie and approximately 1 hour north of Toronto.  If is full of ample opportunities for individuals or businesses wishing to move to the municipality.

If you're thinking of moving to Essa, please visit to view homes for sale in our area.

For businesses wishing to locate in Essa, please contact our planning department to discuss potential usages for property in Essa.

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