One of the perks of your LBPOA membership is access to information and benefits through the Federation of Ontario Cottagers Associations (FOCA). Every month, FOCA sends an e-lert with news and information; please find below the October update.  We are forwarding this directly to you to ensure that you are aware of FOCA’s communication. Should you like to receive these going forward, please sign up directly with FOCA.
Also, if you have not renewed your LBPOA membership, you can do so at the FOCA website.
We hope you are well and had an enjoyable Thanksgiving.  Take care,
Your LBPOA Board of Directors
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From: Federation of Ontario Cottagers’ Associations <>
Subject: Special Member Updates
Date: October 16, 2020 at 4:46:22 PM EDT

Special FOCA Members’ Elert – October 2020
 Dear Member,
The summer may be done, but there is still SO MUCH going on related to waterfront Ontario!
This special members’ update is being sent to the executive representatives of all our member Associations to keep you informed about FOCA’s work, and to ask for your participation in our upcoming event, and current survey about off-season cottage usage.
Please share this information with all your member families.
Michelle Lewin
FOCA Communications & Development Coordinator
    * Note: voicemail is only being checked occasionally, at this time.
Results from FOCA’s Member Survey:
Thank you to the ~600 survey respondents who contributed such valuable feedback in the 2020 FOCA Member Survey, as part of the work by FOCA’s Board of Directors to update FOCA’s Strategic Plan for the coming years.
The survey has provided us with key information about Ontario lake associations including dues charged, engagement trends and challenges faced this year, as well as the current “Top Issues” at the waterfront.
Plan to join us at the FOCA Fall Seminar (the registration link is below) for highlights from the survey data, together with a strategic update from your Board of Directors.
FOCA Fall Seminar for Lake Associations:
Learning to Pivot: Lake Associations in 2020
Saturday, November 21, 2020
by webinar from 9:00am to 12:00pm
Join us for presentations and discussions about:
  • stories from fellow members who successfully pivoted association engagement this year, with digital and socially-distanced options
  • cottage country updates (including electricity pricing, broadband availability, the continuation of the Lake Partner Program)
  • highlights and benchmark statistics from FOCA’s 2020 survey, as part of your Board of Directors’ strategic planning process
Webinar registration is $30 per member


FOCA Membership Fees: Reminder
The FOCA Annual General Meeting on March 7, 2020 included a vote by members to approve an increase in the FOCA Membership Fees for Associations:
The base fee remains at $125; the per member fee increases (from $3.50)to $4.00 per member, effective renewals starting in March 2021.

FOCA committed to provide our members with a reminder of this vote, as well as support information such as benchmark association fees, so that members can review with their associations, prior to the March 2021 implementation date. Please download the FOCA Association Fees fact sheet (PDF, 2 pages) that includes a link to the Association benchmark feesinformation, compiled from a previous FOCA member survey.

List of FOCA Benefits & Access Codes

Do all your Association members know about the benefits, offers and discounts that are available to them because of your Association’s annual membership in FOCA? Please visit the FOCA Benefits webpage for the most current offers and access codes, including a digital copy you can download and circulate to all your members.

New FOCA Survey: share the link!

FOCA is conducting a province-wide survey to determine whether the ongoing pandemic is shifting patterns of waterfront property usage. Have you spent more – or less – time at your waterfront property this year, due to travel restrictions or physical distancing protocols such as remote-office options? Do you plan to be at the waterfront more often in the off-season this year? Whether “yes” or “no”, we want to hear from you.

Click below to take the survey by October 30, 2020:
Please share this link widely with your fellow members, so all regions will be included in the results.
FOCA Achievement Award: APPLY NOW
It’s been an unusual year, but we know there are still successes to share!
Nominate YOUR association for the next FOCA Achievement Award to be presented at FOCA’s Annual General Meeting next March.
This Award celebrates volunteer lake association successes, and encourages us all to share our knowledge, ideas and best practices. FOCA has created a form to help you identify your association’s recent successes. Download the Award Nomination Form, and apply by November 30th:
Help FOCA reach 50,000

We are proud of FOCA’s Elert subscription list, which is over 10,000-strong and growing.

Will you help us achieve our next ambitious goal of increasing that to 50,000 subscribers? We know there are lots of other folks out there who love waterfront Ontario as much as we do.
Please encourage fellow members and waterfront neighbours to sign up for monthly e-news from FOCA. You could circulate this call-to-action:
The Elert is FOCA’s free monthly e-newsletter, filled with cottage country updates on waterfront living, environmental and policy developments and much, much more. Get on the Elert list:
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