Essa, Ontario

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Motto: Where Town and Country meet
Essa is located in Ontario
Location of Essa, Ontario
Coordinates: 44°15′N 79°47′W / 44.250°N 79.783°W / 44.250; -79.783Coordinates: 44°15′N 79°47′W / 44.250°N 79.783°W / 44.250; -79.783
Country  Canada
Province  Ontario
County Simcoe
 • Mayor Terry Dowdall
 • Deputy Mayor Sandie MacDonald
 • MPs Kellie Leitch
 • MPPs Jim Wilson
 • Land 280.07 km2 (108.14 sq mi)
Population (2011)[1]
 • Total 18,505
 • Density 66.1/km2 (171/sq mi)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
Area code(s) 705

Essa is a township in Ontario, Canada, west and south of the city of Barrie in Simcoe County. It is bounded by County Road 90 to its north, County Road 27 to its east, and Ontario Highway 89 to its south. The township is about 100 kilometres (62 mi) from Toronto.


The main communities of this township are Angus, Thornton, and Baxter. Other small hamlets are Cedargrove, Colwell, Egbert, Elmgrove, Hoe Doe Valley, Ivy, Utopia and West Essa.

Angus is the largest community in Essa Township, and the main access to the neighbouring Canadian Forces Base Borden. It offers services such as a library, catholic and public elementary schools, public secondary school, a small shopping centre, many stores, a chamber of commerce and a recreation facility. Angus is located in the northwestern part of Essa township. Located in Essa's municipal Ward 1, the township councillor for Angus is Keith White.

Notable residents[edit]

Politician Helena Guergis, the former Member of Parliament for Simcoe—Grey, resides in Angus.[2] Her cousin David Guergis was Essa's mayor until 2010.[2]


The mayor as of December 2010 is Terry Dowdall and the deputy mayor is Sandra Macdonald.

Township councillors are Keith White, Mike Smith and Ronald Hederson.


Essa Township has several elementary schools and a high school:

  • Angus Morrison Public School (Angus)
  • Pine River Elementary School (Angus)
  • Baxter Central Public School (Baxter)
  • Our Lady of Grace School (Temporary Site in Borden)
  • Nottawasaga Pines Secondary School (Angus)

These schools are managed by the Simcoe County District School Board and the Simcoe Muskoka Catholic District School Board.

There are also two French Catholic Schools accessible to Essa residents:

These schools are managed by the French Catholic School Board, Conseil scolaire de district catholique Centre-Sud (CSDCCS).


See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c "Essa Township census profile". 2011 Census of Population. Statistics Canada. Retrieved 2012-07-04. 
  2. ^ a b "Growing Up Guergis: The evolution of a political family", Simcoe Life, Spring 2007.
  3. ^ "2006 Community Profiles". Canada 2006 Census. Statistics Canada. March 30, 2011. Retrieved 2012-07-04. 
  4. ^ "2001 Community Profiles". Canada 2001 Census. Statistics Canada. February 17, 2012. Retrieved 2012-07-04. 

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