Publications & Videos

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 ElertPlease share these resources with others!

Latest Releases:

Download a digital copy of the 2022 FOCA Year in Review (PDF, 12 pages)

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.

Scroll down to the bottom of this page for archived editions of some past FOCA Newsletters!

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.

2020 FOCA Year in Review (PDF, 3.6 MB, 12 pages) 

FOCA: Strategic Plan 2020-2023 (PDF, 1.4 MB, 8 pages)

2019 FOCA Year in Review (PDF, 2.4 MB, 12 pages)

2018 FOCA Year in Review (PDF, 4 MB, 12 pages)

2017 FOCA Year in Review (PDF, 1.5 MB, 12 pages)

Videos, Reports & Guides:

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: Why Citizen Science Matters (YouTube, 2 min, 2018)

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?

Lake Stewards Newsletter Archives:

FOCA publishes an annual Lake Stewards Newsletter each summer. The newsletters are filled with updates on environmental and policy updates, association best practices and articles from our partners. The print version is mailed to the titled executive members of our Member Associations and our Annual Supporters. The digital version is available to everyone here. The most current edition is at the top of this webpage. Some past editions are posted below, since many of the topics are perennial:

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