Vineyard in Essex County

The Town of Essex is a safe, healthy and liveable community. The Town offers many business development opportunities in a friendly, small town environment.


The Town of Essex is centrally located in Essex County. Given its position, the Town has easy access to many Essex County destinations through prime agricultural land all the way to the shores of Lake Erie.

The Town has easy access to:

Invest and grow

The Town’s 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 the community.

The Town of Essex, recognizes that business is the foundation of economic development and plays a key role in a growing and prosperous community. 

For more information, contact the Town of Essex Economic Development Office

Financial incentives

The Town of Essex offers various financial incentives to investors including several Community Improvement Plans that provides municipal funding incentives to property owners to stimulate physical improvements to commercial buildings, new business activities and residential accommodation in the downtown or qualifying project area.

Business Improvement Associations

The Town has two active business associations that support local entrepreneurs and helps to encourage business development including the Essex Centre BIA and the Harrow and Colchester South Chamber of Commerce.

Tourism and recreation

Farm to table

The Town of Essex is uniquely positioned on the 42nd parallel, a circle of latitude shared with northern California and central Italy. Home to many wineries, visitors can look forward to fresh local food to pair with the region’s outstanding and award-winning wines.

Essex Muscedere Winery family at table enjoying meal

Enjoy an active lifestyle

Essex offers a growing number of bike trails and is part of the scenic Waterfront Trail, a 3,600 km trail connecting people along the Great Lakes waterfront.