About Our Township

Canaan is a second-class township in Wayne County, Pennsylvania. The township’s population was 3,963 at the time of the 2010 United States Census.
Canaan, along with the other four original townships of Wayne County, was established in 1798. Pieces were broken off over the years as the population grew and other townships were established. Salem was formed in 1808 and Clinton in 1834. Waymart was created as a borough in 1851, and Cherry Ridge Township “stole” a small piece from Canaan. Finally, in 1852, the remainder was split into Canaan and South Canaan townships.