Access digital copies of FOCA’s newsletters, reports, brochures and video productions below. Also get up-to-date on current events in our monthly e-news, the FOCA Elert. Please share these resources with others!
October 18, 2022 – NEW report released by FOCA: The Economic Impacts of Waterfront Property Households in Ontario. Learn more here.
2022 Lake Stewards Newsletter (PDF, 6 MB, 32 pages) – power outages & extreme weather preparedness, floating container residences, short-term rental, private roads, ONCA, municipal elections, wake awareness, MPAC update, waterbombers, environmental programs, and more…
Be #WakeAware (YouTube; 1:00 minute; 2021) This campaign to take wake fun to the appropriate part of the lake – away from shorelines – is a joint effort of FOCA, the Muskoka Lakes Association, and Safe Quiet Lakes.
Annual Reports & Strategic Plans:
2021 FOCA Year in Review (PDF, 1.4 MB, 8 pages) Reflections on the year that was, and FOCA’s enduring role in waterfront Ontario.
Videos, Reports & Guides:
FOCA Video: Welcome to Cottage Country! Thinking about buying a cottage? Start here. (YouTube, 6 min, 2021)
The Role of Waterfront Property Owners in Rural Economic Development in Eastern Ontario (PDF, 1.2 MB, 56 pages; FOCA 2018) and related Infographic (PDF, 0.5 MB, 1 page)
A Shoreline Owner’s Guide to Healthy Waterfronts (PDF, 2.4 MB, 28 pages) Essential reading! Members: contact FOCA to acquire print copies of this Guide, while supplies last.
A Guide to Municipal Engagement for Ontario Lake Associations (PDF, 1 MB, 20 pages) – how & why to engage with your municipal partners, year-round
A Shoreline Owner’s Guide to Invasive Species (PDF, 1 MB, 16 pages) Members: contact FOCA for print copies while supplies last.
Septic Re-inspection Programs in Ontario – A Guide for Community Groups (PDF, 9 MB, 37 pages) and related Infographic (PDF, 0.7 MB, 1 page – pictured above)
A FOCA Guide to Citizen Science at the Lake (PDF, 1.5 MB, 52 pages) – what kinds of water monitoring can be done, how and why.
Managing Your Waterfront Property in a Changing Climate (PDF, 3.5 MB, 20 pages) Members: contact FOCA for print copies while supplies last.
About the Lake Partner Program (PDF, 7 MB, pages; FOCA 2020) – the history of the program, what is monitored, who uses the results, why it matters.
Take the Plunge: A Guide to Stewardship of Ontario’s Waters has been a staple since 1998! Click to open a PDF of the Table of Contents. Members: contact FOCA for print copies; there is no digital version of this guide.
The Lake Planning Handbook for Community Groups is your association’s step-by-step guide to engage your lake community in strategic planning and stewardship initiatives! Out of print, but members can contact FOCA for access to the digital edition including a full resource kit, sample materials, and example lake plans.
FOCA Video: Lake Associations (YouTube, 6 min, 2017) – why do lake associations matter? find out in this beautiful short film.
FOCA Video: Lake Associations in Action (YouTube, 2 min, 2018) – what do lake associations do for the waterfront community?
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