Media contact

FOCA speaks on behalf of waterfront property owners across Ontario, and has been the voice of the waterfront for more than 60 years.

Visit our Priority Issues webpage, or use the “search” feature at the side of this page for policy and backgrounders about land use planning, taxation, the state of the environment and other waterfront Ontario issues and FOCA priorities.

For media inquiries on cottage country topics:

contact the FOCA office, and ask for the Executive Director, Terry Rees. Call 705-749-3622 or email:

A few media highlights:

August 18, 2022 – listen to FOCA speak with Cottage Life about short-term rental: 

May 20, 2021 – FOCA’s Terry Rees discusses the May Long weekend situation in the midst of Ontario’s pandemic lockdown (Weather Network):

February 16, 2021 – Seasonal cottagers and campers bracing for a hydro hike (CTV News Northern Ontario)

May 4, 2020 – FOCA’s Executive Director appeared on TVO’s The Agenda with Steve Paikin, in a segment entitled Ontario’s COVID-19 Cottage Quandary  (TVO)

July 29, 2018 – “Canadians increasingly putting the ‘remote’ in working remotely.” (Financial Post – Business)


July 9, 2018 – “Waterfront property owners are an untapped resource as drivers of local economies, study shows,” by Mary Riley for Kawartha Lakes This Week, published on

FOCA’s Executive Director, Terry Rees, was interviewed on CBC radio by Robyn Bresnahan of CBC Ottawa Morning:

July 11, 2018 – “Could cottagers save the province’s small towns?” (audio clip, 06:18)


June 27, 2018 – “Ontario’s hottest spot for foreign-owned homes is Fort Erie” by John Michael McGrath for TVO.


February 27, 2018 – Water Canada reported that FOCA and OOWA (the Ontario Onsite Wastewater Association) have submitted a Request for Review to the Ontario Environment Commissioner for a review of the Building Code regarding maintenance and management of onsite sewage systems.

Click to read the online Water Canada notice.