Business & Employment


Discover what it's like to work in Essa or close to home.  Explore our career and job postings, take advantage of local employment resources.

Bid Opportunities

Interested in submitting a bid for an available request for tender?  Visit our Bid Opportunities to stay up to date on available RFQs.

Starting or Expanding Your Business

The Township of Essa is a rapidly growing community.  It has various business and commercial hubs located in Angus, Thornton and Baxter.   If you are interested in starting a business, or growing your business, become familiar with the various Business Support and Resources available to you from local organizations. 

As well, the Township of Essa is a member of the County of Simcoe's Economic Development Committee. Reach out to see what they can assist you with, and learn about key industries, available land and funding opportunities for new and growing businesses.

Business Support FAQs

BizPaL is an innovative online service that provides entrepreneurs with simplified access to information about business permits, licenses and other requirements needed to start, operate and grow their business from the federal, provincial/territorial and participating municipal governments.

BizPaL helps you find the permits and licenses that you may require when expanding or starting your business.  Whether you're looking to start a new business or renew existing permits and licenses, use this easy online process to find everything you need.

What are the benefits of using BizPaL?

Finding out which government requirements apply to a certain business type can be time consuming and frustrating.  BizPaL was created to help identify what you may require, quickly and easily.  The information you need is available from a single source; entrepreneurs spend less time dealing with red tape - saving effort and money in the process - and more time building their business.  The service is the result of strong collaboration between the federal, provincial/territorial and participating municipal governments and is designed with the following benefits in mind:

  • It's free to use
  • It saves time
  • It's available 24/7

Prior to expanding or starting your business, you should contact the municipal office and speak to the following departments to ensure that your property is zoned accordingly and/or to inquire as to what permits may be required:

  • Planning and Development
  • By-law
  • Building

The Township of Essa requires certain categories of businesses to apply for business licenses in accordance with the Business Licensing By-law.

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