Local Government

Plans and Strategies


Below is the current Official Plan for the Municipality of Callander:

Official Plan


Staff recently submitted a draft update of the Official Plan to Council.

Draft Official Plan

Schedule A: Settlement

Schedule A -1: Rural

Schedule B: Natural Heritage Features

Schedule B: Natural Heritage Lands

Schedule C: Hazard Lands



Strategic planning is a municipality’s process of defining its strategy, or direction, and making decisions on allocating its resources to pursue it's vision. Strategy has many definitions, but generally involves setting goals, determining actions to achieve the goals, and mobilizing resources to execute the actions.

In other words, a strategic plan simply provides the means for a municipality to chart a future it desires rather than reacting to events as they unfold. As Yogi Berra stated: “If you don’t know where you are going, you’ll end up someplace else.”

Callander’s Strategic Plan contains Council’s desired Vision, Mission and Values.



A vibrant, fiscally sound community where residents enjoy living, working, playing and are able to meet their needs. 



Our Organization's Mission is to enrich the community by providing strong leadership and delivering inclusive and fiscally responsible services while maintaining the unique qualities that make Callander such a desirable place to live, work and play.



A cohesive community identity: gateway and hub, focused on four seasons
Strive to protect and enhance the rich natural environment and human heritage
Provides a strong framework for social interaction, land and water-based recreation and tourism and encourages mutually supportive investment in the public realm and private development
An active and pedestrian-friendly community
A sustainable and environmentally-friendly community
A community that people want to gather in


The vision is further defined through 4 strategic levels of focus:


Each year council revisits and reaffirms the strategic priorities, reviews accomplishments to date and then brainstorms and prioritizes new Initiatives to help achieve the priorities.

View the Stategic Plan for the Municipality of Callander 2022   (click to view PDF document)



As part of an ongoing overall organizational review, the Council of the Muncipality of Callander adopted a Council Term Plan in October 2020. 




The Muncipality of Callander applied for funding through Ontario's Municipal Modernization Program, as part of the ongoing overall organizational review.  The following final third-party reviewer's report is provided regarding the project.    

Final Third Party Report - Callander - Modernization Grant


Community Safety Plan

Community Safety and Well-Being Plan Regional Report - June 2021