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Join us in Essex

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In the heart of the county, the Town of Essex stretches through prime agricultural land to the shores of Lake Erie.

We rank among the safest communities in Canada, and offer a blend of urban and rural living. We’re home to award-winning wineries, lakeside vistas, and that small town feel. Our history is deep and diverse, and we’re ready to write the next chapter with you.

Our urban centres thrive with the contributions of small business owners. Whether you’re an artist or an entrepreneur, a woodworker or a culinary master, there’s a place for you in our community.

With our convenient and central location, affordable real estate, and competitive incentive programs, the future is looking bright in the Town of Essex.

The only thing missing is you!

Thinking of setting up your business and joining us in Essex? Below are some resources to help you get started.

Business Registration Requirements

The Town of Essex requests that you complete a Business Registration form when you start your business. This is not a business license, it is merely a way for the Town to know where and who is operating a business and to ensure your business conforms to zoning requirements.

Certain businesses are required by law to obtain a Municipal License. This applies to those businesses that are regulated by by-laws such as taxi cabs and transient businesses.

Community Improvement Plan

The Town of Essex is committed to working in partnership with the private sector for the economic prosperity of the municipality. That commitment is the basis for the four Community Improvement Plans, which aims to help revitalize urban centres as the social, economic and cultural heart of our communities.

Find out more about our Community Improvement Plans at the following links:

Need some help? Give us a call!

Our Ecomomic Development team is ready and willing to help you make informed decisions about starting or relocating a business in the Town of Essex. Contact the department at ecdev@essex.ca or 519-776-7336 ext. 1135.