Enthusiasm for coworking is on the rise across the globe. New coworking hubs are popping up every day, and solopreneurs and large corporations alike are taking advantage of this new workplace trend. Big names like IBM, Microsoft or Verizon are partnering with coworking providers to offer employees a more flexible work environment, while WeWork and Regus have become household names around the world.
Coworking is also becoming increasingly popular in Canada, particularly in Toronto, where the startup industry is booming and the economy is diverse. We wanted to see which are the best (and most popular) coworking hubs in the city right now, so we looked at the top-rated spots on Google Maps and compiled a list of 10 awesome coworking spots in Toronto that are worth checking out. You can look them up in the table below, and then keep reading for details about each one:
|Acme Works||229 Niagara St.||http://acmeworks.ca/|
|EAST ROOM||50 Carroll St.||http://www.eastroom.ca/|
|Good Gorilla||401 Richmond St. W.||http://www.bygoodgorilla.com/|
|iQ Office Suites||140 Yonge St.; 250 University Ave.; 150 King St. W.; 545 King St. W.||https://iqoffice.ca/|
|Lab T.O.||231 Wallace Ave.||https://labto.com/|
|MakeWorks||1139 College St.||http://www.makeworks.com/|
|Project Spaces||20 Camden St.; 73 Bathurst St.||https://www.projectspac.es/|
|Verkspace||32 Britain St.||https://verk.space/|
|Workhaus||212 King St. W.; 1 Adelaide St. E.; 20 Richmond St. E.; 350 Bay St.; 56 Temperance St.; 30 Wellington St. W.||https://workhaus.ca/|
|Workplace One||51 Wolseley St.; 901 King St. W.; 340 King St. E.; 77 Bloor St. W.; 111 Peter St.||http://www.workplaceone.com/|
Acme Works currently operates in the former home of Acme Textiles at 229 Niagara St., an industrial building completed in the early 1900’s that was converted to office space in 2013. The 8,600-square-foot space now caters to freelancers, creatives and entrepreneurs, offering 24/7 secured access, ergonomic furniture, meeting rooms, and stylish interior design features. Amenities also include an open kitchen where members can gather and grab coffee or lunch, three meeting rooms accommodating up to 8 or 10 people, plenty of natural light and informal meeting spaces. At Acme (A Company that Makes Everything), members can enjoy high speed Wi-Fi, phone booths for private calls, and access to printer/photocopier rooms on a pay-per-use basis, among other things. Day passes at Acme Works cost $25, a dedicated desk goes for $495 per month and a dedicated office goes from $950 to $1200 per month, while an office suite (accommodating a group of 5-8 workers) costs $2,000 per month—a 6-month commitment is required. You can also rent out meeting rooms, starting at $45 per hour.
Located at 50 Carroll St., East Room provides a great environment for freelancers, creative professionals and small businesses alike, offering like-minded individuals the opportunity to network and exchange ideas. There are six different types of membership to choose from at East Room, including virtual office space with a mailing address for $100 per month. Club memberships start at $250 per month and offer unlimited 24/7 access to work lounges and common areas, 6 hours of boardroom time, a mailing address, and access to internal programming. Resident I memberships start at $650 per month and offer semi-private personal workspaces and 50 hours of boardroom time, as well as VPN and mailing addresses. Resident II memberships, starting at $3,200 per month, offer an enclosed office for 2 to 5 people and 100 hours of boardroom time, while Resident III memberships provide an enclosed office for 5+ people and 150 hours of boardroom time—and they also start at $3,200 per month. All membership types offer 24/7 access and access to East Room’s international partners’ spaces.
Good Gorilla is conveniently situated right in the heart of downtown Toronto, at 401 Richmond St. W., and is the perfect gathering place for creative thinkers, solopreneurs, independent contractors, freelancers and all other kinds of ‘digital nomads.’ This creative coworking hub offers 24/7 access, doesn’t require a setup fee or a down payment, and allows for a 15-day cancellation notice. All memberships at Good Gorilla include access to the rooftop patio in the summer months, partner discounts, high-speed Internet, printer and scanner access, a business mailbox, healthcare plans, access to kitchen and lounge areas, unlimited tea and coffee, extra locker options, and discounts for meeting room and event space bookings. A part-time hot desk is $160 per month and a full-time hot desk (the most popular option) starts at $240 per month, while a dedicated desk starts at $400 per month.
iQ Office Suites
iQ Office Suites boasts four locations in Toronto, at 140 Yonge St., 250 University Ave., 150 King St. W. and 545 King St. W. Its mission is to provide its members with flexible shared office solutions ‘featuring top quality design, furnishings and technology, staffed by friendly and attentive people and housed in character-filled, inspiring places.’ iQ offers all-inclusive private office packages starting at $1,500 per month, dedicated desks starting at $599 per month, virtual office packages ranging from $59 to $149 per month, and coworking spaces starting at a daily rate of $29. You can also book event spaces at The Vault at 250 University Ave. and The Dineen Lounge at 140 Yonge St., or book a meeting room at one of these two locations.
Lab T.O. is a shared office provider located in the Junction Triangle at 231 Wallace Ave., catering to Toronto entrepreneurs, creatives and digital professionals. The Lab benefits from an easily accessible location, just a short walk from the Lansdowne Subway Station, the Bloor Street GO Station and the UP Express. Situated on the second floor within the loft-style building at 231 Wallace, this coworking space offers ergonomic furniture, plenty of natural light, 24/7 access, unlimited coffee, and high-speed Internet access, among other amenities. You can go for a $20 one-day pass, a standard $200 monthly membership, or an $80 weekly pass valid from Monday to Friday. Lab T.O. also offers special promotions for monthly members, so check them out to see if they’re the right fit for your needs.
MakeWorks is, as the company suggests, a place where you can both work and make things. The coworking studio located at 1139 College St. offers an on-site laser cutter for members to use, along with the necessary tools and spaces for you to get work done efficiently. MakeWorks lies within the up-and-coming College West neighborhood, with easy access to transit options, and offers amenities such as free coffee and tea, printing services and Wi-Fi, on-site staff and 24-hour keycard access to the premises. Community memberships, which include access to a common hot desk, start at $200 per month and offer perks such as weekly Drinks & Demos nights, discounted access to prototyping services, four hours of boardroom access and free coffee. Dedicated memberships start at $350 per month and include a dedicated desk, on-site storage space, customized signage, and unlimited boardroom access. Both membership types offer access to the in-house laser cutter.
Project Spaces Camden Street
Project Spaces was founded in 2011 and boasts two locations in Toronto, the King West space on the 4th floor at 73 Bathurst St., and Camden Street at Suite 200, 20 Camden St. Their members include startup founders, social influencers, web developers, designers and marketers, along with many other digital nomads. Their memberships offer 24/7 access, premium coffee and tea, high-speed Wi-Fi, health and dental plans, meeting rooms, weekly events, lockable storage, colour printing services, and more. Day passes cost from $20 to $30, Community memberships are $45 per month and Lounge memberships are $250 per month, while Desk memberships start at $395 per month. Private office memberships are coming to Project Spaces soon, so make sure you book a tour to see all that they have to offer.
Located at 32 Britain St. in Toronto’s Old Town, Verkspace draws inspiration from the Scandinavian way of life, which aims to strike a balance between hard work and creativity. The coworking space provides lounge areas and spaces designed to enhance productivity, and it also provides concierge services. Verkspace offers collective memberships for $95 a month that include a downtown Toronto mailing address and $50 in monthly meeting/boardroom credit, $295 per month hot desk packages that include 24-hour access to desks and lounges, $100 in monthly meeting/boardroom credit, access to printing, reception, janitorial and coffee and beverage services, as well as dedicated desk packages for $495 per month. Private offices are also available, and come with 24-hour team access and $200 in monthly meeting/boardroom credit.
Workhaus operates six locations in downtown Toronto: Workhaus Castle at 212 King St. W., Workhaus Sky Parlour at 1 Adelaide St. E., Workhaus 1892 at 20 Richmond St. E., Workhaus Loft on Bay at 350 Bay St., Workhaus FiDi at 56 Temperance St., and Workhaus Commerce Court at 30 Wellington St. W. Each location offers a plethora of amenities, including high-speed Internet, 24/7 access, unlimited coffee and tea, printing, scanning and mail services, boardroom time, beer on tap, and exclusive event access. You can go for a hot desk membership—starting at $250 per month—and get access to the lounge areas at any location and enjoy free coffee and Wi-Fi, or choose a dedicated desk starting at $450 per month. Workhaus also provides private offices, with fees starting at $1,900 per month, that are suitable for up to 30 people.
Workplace One provides boutique private and shared offices where like-minded professionals can get work done, exchange ideas and collaborate on projects. The company has multiple locations in Toronto, at 51 Wolseley St., 901 King St. W, 340 King St. E., and 77 Bloor St. W. Workplace One also operates a location in Kitchener, at 51 Breithaupt St. Member benefits include access to kitchenettes and coffee bars, high-speed Internet, copy and printing services, 24/7 access, regular office cleaning services, and more. You can book a virtual office from $99 a month, a private office starting from $175 per day or $565 per month, a dedicated desk starting from $450 per month, or a coworking space starting from $25 per day or $225 per month. A new Toronto Workplace One location is also in the works, and is set to open soon at 111 Peter St.