Frequently Asked Questions

What is Shape the Sault?

Shape the Sault is the City’s strategy designed to inform and engage the public to give our community a voice as we re-establish a new long term vision for the City. 

This process will update the City’s Official Plan as well as conclude the Official Plan Review. 

What is an Official Plan?

The Ontario Planning Act requires municipalities to have an Official Plan, which is a legal document containing the community’s goals, objectives and policies to manage and direct land use planning and development over a 20 year horizon. The Plan is prepared in consultation with residents in order to reflect the community's vision. 

What is an Official Plan Review?

The City of Sault Ste. Marie's Official Plan was adopted in 1996, since then, it has been amended over 200 times. Now more than ever there is a need to "shape the sault" and re-establish a vision for the community.


Municipalities are also mandated by the Province to update their Official Plans every ten years to conform to current provincial policies. Updating an Official Plan also helps keep it current to the visions and goals of community members and City Council.


To read more about Official Plans, check out the Province of Ontario's Citizens' Guides to Land Use Planning.

Where can I find the current and proposed Official Plan?

The current Official Plan can be accessed from the City's website and from this site's Get Involved page.


The proposed Official Plan has not yet been drafted. It will be available through this website when completed.

How can I get involved?

We want to hear from you! We are doing our best to make participation as easy and convenient as possible. 


Attend a consultation event: Visit the Get Involved page for an updated calendar list of events. All materials for our events will also be on that page for you to view on your own time.


Online: From this website, you can send us an email or use the Comment Map to tell us your views about the city. You can also visit us on Facebook, and follow us on Twitter and Instagram at @ShapeTheSault.


Other ways: Feel free to mail us, email us, phone us, or drop in the office to speak with us. See the Contact Us section for more details.

The Timeline

Project timeline for Shape the Sault:

Shape the Sault consists of 5 phases and will continue until Fall 2019. We are currently in Phase 1.

Shape the Sault consists of five phases and will continue until Fall 2019. 


We are currently in Phase 1, where our focus is on education and gathering input from community members. In the fall of 2018, we will start to have high level policy directions for public feedback. We'll then draft a new Official Plan to present to the public, City Council, and eventually the Ontario Ministry of Municipal Affairs.

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