Local Government


General information

Municipal Elections are held every 4 years throughout the Province of Ontario.  The next Municipal Election will be in 2022.  In a Municipal Election, eligible voters decide who will lead their communities and represent their interests by electing the members of their municipal councils and school board trustees. The Municipality may also choose to put a question on the ballot, but this is not required.

Ontario’s Municipal Elections Act, 1996, as amended, sets out the rules that all voters and candidates must follow. The Municipal Clerk in each municipality is responsible for conducting the election for their Council and for the Trustees for the local school boards.


Prior to each election, the Municipal Clerk must prepare a plan for identifying, removing and preventing barriers that affect persons with disabilities, both electors and candidates.  The municipal clerk must also issue a public report on their accessibility plan within 90 days after voting day.

Report on Accessibility for the 2018 Municipal Election


Eligibility to Vote

You are eligible to vote in the election for municipal council if you meet all of the following requirements:

The following are prohibited from voting:

For more details on eligibility, including special rules for non-resident electors voting in more than one municipality, students, and appointments for voting proxy, please see the Voters’ Guide


Running for Office

Running for municipal council:

To run for a position on the Council of the Municipality of Callander, you must be eligible to vote in this municipality. On the day you file your nomination, you must be a Canadian citizen aged 18 or older, and qualify as a resident or non-resident elector.  In addition, you must not be disqualified from holding office. 

For more details on eligibly, please see the Candidates’ Guide


Filing Nominations

Nomination papers may be filed starting on May 1 in the year of a regular election until Nomination Day.  Further information about filing nominations for the 2022 Municipal Election, including dates and filing fees, will be posted here in early 2022. 


Third Party Advertisers

Recent changes to the Municipal Elections Act, 1996 created a framework of rules for third-party advertising, starting with the 2018 election. There are now rules and restrictions on who can be a third-party advertiser, what registration allows them to do, and the rules that third-party advertisers must follow.

For more details on advertising, please see the Guide for third party advertisers.



Questions regarding Municipal Elections should be directed to the Municipal Clerk at 280 Main Street North, P.O. Box 100, Callander ON P0H 1H0; Phone: (705) 752-1410 ext. 222; Email: clerk@callander.ca.