|Township of Essa|
Where Town and Country Meet
|• Mayor||Sandie MacDonald |
|• Deputy Mayor||Mike Smith |
|• MPs||Kellie Leitch|
|• MPPs||Jim Wilson|
|• Land||280.03 km2 (108.12 sq mi)|
|• Density||75.3/km2 (195/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC-4 (EDT)|
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 township is well known for its agriculture industry, particularly potato farming. Nearby CFB Borden brings a strong military presence to the area as well, including a high number of Francophone families.
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 Essa Public 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.
Controversial politician Helena Guergis, the former Member of Parliament for Simcoe—Grey, resides in Angus. Her cousin David Guergis was Essa's mayor until 2010. Esma W. was the recipient of the 2018 Super Bowl CTV $50,000 Giveway.
Essa is governed by a Mayor, a Deputy Mayor and three Councillors, with one Councillor representing each of the three municipal wards. The Mayor of Essa represents the town on the Simcoe County Council. As of the 2018 election, the elected council members are:
Mayor: Sandie MacDonald
Deputy Mayor: Mike Smith
- Ward 1: Keith White
- Ward 2: Henry Sander
- Ward 3: Ron Henderson.
Fire, EMS and police services
Township of Essa Fire Department is a fire services staffed by full-time chief, Cynthia Tustin and deputy chief, Doug Burgin. With 54 volunteer fire fighters at two stations (Angus and Thornton).
Ambulance service is covered by County of Simcoe Paramedic Services Angus Paramedic Station.
Policing in Essa Township is covered by Ontario Provincial Police Nottawasaga Detachment.
Essa Township has 4 elementary schools and a high school:
- Angus Morrison Public School (Angus)
Principal: Suzanne Laybolt
- Pine River Elementary School (Angus)
Principal: Lorna Howlett-Lowe
- Baxter Central Public School (Baxter)
Principal: Aileen Ross
- Our Lady of Grace Separate School (Angus)
Principal: Saundra Reynolds
Principal: Jason Pino
There are also two French Schools accessible to Essa residents, managed by the French Public School Board, Conseil Scolaire Viamonde.
Academie La Pinède ( Borden)
Principal: Paul Cook
Ecole Secondaire Romeo Dallaire (Barrie)
Principal: Stephane Lewis
| Egbert 1 W, Ontario, Canada |
(1981-2010 quasi-normals )
|Climate chart (explanation)|
|Canada census – Essa, Ontario community profile|
|Population:||18,505 (9.5% from 2006)||16,901 (0.6% from 2001)|
|Land area:||280.07 km2 (108.14 sq mi)||279.57 km2 (107.94 sq mi)|
|Population density:||66.1/km2 (171/sq mi)||60.5/km2 (157/sq mi)|
|Median age:||36.2 (M: 35.8, F: 36.6)|
|Total private dwellings:||6930||6212|
|Median household income:||$70,531|
|References: 2011 2006 earlier|
- "Certificate of Election Results" (PDF). Essa Township. Retrieved 2018-11-23.
- "2011 Community Profiles". 2011 Canadian Census. Statistics Canada. July 5, 2013. Retrieved 2012-07-04.
- "Growing Up Guergis: The evolution of a political family", Simcoe Life, Spring 2007.
- "Certificate of Election Results" (PDF). Essatownship.on.ca. October 22, 2018. Retrieved November 23, 2018.
- "2006 Community Profiles". 2006 Canadian Census. Statistics Canada. March 30, 2011. Retrieved 2012-07-04.
- "2001 Community Profiles". 2001 Canadian Census. Statistics Canada. February 17, 2012.