As a brand new business owner finding space to work out of can be a challenge. I do appreciate the free wifi at the local Starbucks and The Second Cup‘s across the city. However, sometimes my and my business partner need to collaborate and feed off of the energy of others.
And this is where a coworking space can come in handy. According to our friends at Wikipedia:
“Coworking is a style of work which involves a shared working environment, sometimes an office, yet independent activity. Unlike in a typical office environment, those coworking are usually not employed by the same organization. Typically it is attractive to work-at-home professionals, independent contractors, or people who travel frequently who end up working in relative isolation. Coworking is the social gathering of a group of people, who are still working independently, but who share values, and who are interested in the synergy that can happen from working with talented people in the same space.”
And so I got to thinking of space that I would use. And then I thought why not start a list that we can all add to. Here are some coworking spaces I found in various places online. Thanks to everyone on Twitter who helped me find these places.
karimkanji: Hey Canada! I’m compiling a list of co-working spaces in Canada. If you know of one or are one, please msg me as soon as possible.
coworkYYC – Calgary coworking space in the Ramsay neighbourhood.
10carden – This space is right across City Hall in Guelph.
401 Bay Centre – In the Financial District of Canada. Which is in downtown Toronto.
Longbranch Coworking – Want to work in a former bowling alley? I know you do. This space is in the west end of Toronto.
Camaraderie – A cozy new place in downtown Toronto.
Centre for Social Innovation – Are you involved in a social change venture? Then the 2 spaces that make up the CSI in Toronto just might be the place for you.
The Code Factory – Collaborative coworking space in downtown Ottawa.
The Network Hub – This space is found in the heart of downtown Vancouver.
Treehaus Collaborative Workspace – Found in Kitchener, this space also offers training and workshops.
KoworkLdn – Opening in London, Ontario in January 2011.
CoWorkative – based north of Toronto in Richmond Hill.
The Creative Space – Located in Barrie on the west shores of Lake Simcoe.
the hub Halifax – Located in Halifax, Nova Scotia this space offers work space, meeting space and events.
Queen Street Commons – Located in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, the Queen Street Commons is a place for people to work, meet, and relax.
Station C – Montreal’s first coworking space.
Yaletown209 – Located in trendy Yaletown in Vancouver.
Spark Box Studio – This Picton, Ontario space aims to encourage discovery and cultivation of new ideas, provide career-building opportunities for artists at all stages and to engage with the community through the arts.
I’m sure to have missed a few Canadian spaces. Please feel free to add your favourite coworking space in the comments section below.