Municipal Partners & FOCA

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:  https://www.youtube.com/FOCAprograms 
  • 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: communications@foca.on.ca

Rural Ontario – we’re in it, together.

Michelle LewinMunicipal Partners & FOCA