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Who is FOCA?

FOCA is the voice of the Ontario waterfront. FOCA speaks to, and on behalf of, the 250,000 waterfront property owners (WPO) who live at the water, either seasonally or year-round. Our members are 525 lake & road associations in rural communities across the province.

Our Vision is: thriving and sustainable waterfronts across Ontario, now and for future generations.

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Support FOCA’s work for healthy Ontario waterfronts, with a one-time or recurring monthly gift. Or, make a donation in honour of someone special who loves waterfront Ontario.

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Membership Services & Benefits


Attend FOCA events to network with property owners, scientists, industry experts, politicians, and enthusiastic lake volunteers! Plan to JOIN US at an upcoming event...

Offers & Discounts

FOCA supporters - including all members of our Member Associations - can access member benefits, including these offers & discounts from our sponsors and partners...

Association Resources

Access tools, templates and tips to help lake and road associations thrive. FOCA celebrates success stories and shares network connections and best practices.

News & Publications

Access FOCA's monthly Elerts, annual newsletter, video productions and reports on a wide range of cottage country hot topics and emerging issues.

You guys have been doing a bang-up job

and are clearly working long hours to streamline this wacky world for cottagers.

You have answered my questions on many occasions,

and it's great to know you're out there, and  that you care.

I plan to better connect our membership to FOCA's many benefits and related services;

they need to understand how much you do, and who you're doing it for.

I see the value. AND THANKS!”

Eric T.
~Association member

Who supports FOCA? People like you, who:

  • treasure family time in cottage country
  • care about clean and safe lakes, land and rivers
  • are concerned about affordability

FOCA encourages everyone to be a member of their local Association; in turn, we encourage those groups to be members of FOCA.

We also appreciate the additional personal support of individuals and families who make annual contributions to FOCA.

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Corporate sponsor

Aligned companies can support FOCA's work with an annual or event sponsorship contribution in exchange for brand placement & some ad options.
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Friend of FOCA

Hundreds of folks like you provide their extra support each year by becoming Annual Supporters of FOCA and accessing special benefits.
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Association Membership

$150/plus $5.00 pp
Lake and Road Associations are FOCA's primary members, receiving resources and support, as well as benefits for all their member families.
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FOCA's Strategic Priorities

Promoting Healthy Lands, Lakes & Rivers

Growing citizen science initiatives, invasive species awareness, and shoreline responsibility

Advocating for Responsive Government

Speaking on the issues that matter to waterfront Ontario & mentoring municipal engagement

Serving Lake & Road Associations

Delivering timely & topical updates, governance tools, member discounts and resources

Championing Affordable & Safe Rural Living

Promoting rural resilience and advancing priority issues, while protecting volunteers

Building Capacity

Partnering with public and private sector colleagues and research organizations; growing the network of supporters

Fostering Cottage Country Community

Engaging ALL waterfront enthusiasts in a shared vision of thriving Ontario waterfronts

FOCA's Team

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Amazing volunteers, representing associations across Ontario.
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Large, small, and everything-in-between. These are FOCA's 525+ member associations.
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Our small-but-mighty crew is here year-round to assist our members.

Corporate sponsors support FOCA’s ongoing work – Please, support them!

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