Municipal Partners & FOCA

January 2022 – FOCA was on hand (virtually) at the 2022 Rural Ontario Municipal Association (ROMA) Annual Conference (Jan 23-25) for the unveiling of a new “Model of Innovation and Resilience” outlining opportunities for rural and Northern Ontario in a Post-COVID World. Among many recommendations for future success is that rural communities should develop deliberate strategies to help weave all residents (including cottagers) into the social, cultural and employment fabric of the community. Read the whole report, here:

November 2021 onward: Municipal partners – please take the FOCA/OGRA road survey – FOCA and our partners at the Ontario Good Roads Association (OGRA) are conducting a survey of municipal government partners to help quantify the extent of private roads across Ontario. Click here to take the survey. There is no hard end-date on the survey (we want to collect as much information as possible, and not exclude anyone!) but we’re hopeful to have as many responses as possible before end of the calendar year. Please ensure your municipality is included in the results!

FOCA is the largest non-farm landowner group in rural Ontario, representing the 250,000 waterfront property-owning families across the province. Since 1963, FOCA has been the voice of the waterfront.

Our members are YOUR rural residents.

Connect with FOCA, because thriving and sustainable rural communities are our common goal!

Download an overview About FOCA & our Municipal Partners (PDF, 2 pages)

FOCA has print and digital resources for our municipal partners to circulate about: cottage country septic systems, property issues, invasive species, lake planning, and much more. Here are just some examples of our materials:

  • copies of the Shoreline Owner’s Guide to Healthy Waterfronts, a 28-page brochure that covers the bases on issues related to waterfront living, including: septic systems, shoreline erosion, invasive species prevention, and much more. Link to the online version of the Guide, or contact the office for print copies. 
  • FOCA video resources include a 10-minute YouTube video about septic systems – their parts, maintenance and signs of trouble. Circulate these resources by including links on your municipal website or e-newsletters. Connect with FOCA on YouTube: 
  • have you read FOCA’s 2018 report on economic development opportunities associated with waterfront owners? Find out more here…

Also, sign up to receive free FOCA Elerts (monthly e-news) for the pulse of cottage country, including quick policy updates & regional event notices. Got news to share with rural residents? Send it to FOCA:

Rural Ontario: we’re in this, together.

Michelle LewinMunicipal Partners & FOCA