The entire scope of work has changed thanks to online technology. Workers are no longer required to spend 40 hours a week in a traditional office setting. Many companies are instead offering more flexible arrangements with remote work scenarios, even supporting workers to live in other cities far from head office.
That’s where coworking comes in. Shared work spaces have popped up in cities all over the world where freelancers, solopreneurs and entrepreneurs can start and grow their businesses — a great option that doesn’t involve working from your couch.
Coworking spaces also offer alternative work environments for telecommuters who may sometimes feel disconnected from a physical workplace. Coworking provides the space, amenities, and opportunities to network and collaborate with people of all industries.
Toronto happens to be one of Canada’s hubs boasting a slew of cool coworking options. Check out a few of the best coworking spots in Toronto below.
This repurposed industrial space has been around since the early 1900’s, but has a fresh and modern interior, thanks to renovations in 2013. The 8,600 sq ft. space offers a variety of plans, starting at $25 for day passes. The office includes private offices and suites, meeting rooms, and an open, shared office space. They also offer a shared kitchen and lounge space, as well as a fax machine, scanner and booths for private phone calls.
Located on King West, this coworking space is comprised of four separate rooms. Two rooms include dedicated desk areas and a conference room. The rest of the space include a lounge area that has a foosball table, beer on tap, an artist studio and a kitchen. Memberships start at $45/month with plans that include 24/7 access and lockable storage.
As its name suggests, this coworking space is located just minutes from High Park, making the walk home or lunchtime break that much better. The workspace itself is located on two floors of an energy-efficient building. The main floor includes the common area, and dedicated desks and a boardroom is located on the lower level. Pricing begins at $30/month, with virtual, part-time and unlimited plans available.
BrightLane is a much larger space, with 30,000 square feet over three floors on King West. Filled with lots of natural light, this space comes with a variety of options, from private offices to dedicated desks and even team rooms. Membership plans include access to 11 meeting rooms and a wellness room, business workshops and private phone rooms. Pricing starts at $30/day.
The Foundery is a coworking space in downtown Toronto with an artistic flair. This space is built on the idea of creating an inspiring and empowering workplace for its members, and does so in part by giving members access to their public art gallery. Other perks include two private conference rooms, two full kitchens, a cafe, and a rooftop patio. There are six membership options, starting at $25/day.
The Centre for Social Innovation’s coworking space in the Annex is 36,000 square feet and five floors of shared and private workspaces. The first floor is a social hub with a community gathering area and a coffee pub. The next two floors include a mix of private offices and desks, as well as shared desk spaces in an open office environment. The fourth and fifth floors have larger private offices as well as incubation spaces. They offer a variety of membership options, starting at $30/month for a community membership.
Women on the move is an organization that helps women achieve their goals and close the economic gap by offering tools and education. They have their own coworking space to encourage networking and community-building. The space offers private and shared desks, access to conference rooms a private online group and free refreshments. Pricing starts at $150/month for 80 hours.
Located in Toronto’s beautiful Distillery District, Workplace One’s King East coworking space has the combination of great architecture and modern interior design to make for an inspiring workspace. Their flexible plans means you can sign-up for long- or short-term, and choose from a dedicated desk to a larger private office or shared team space. Memberships start at $25/day or $225/month for a flex membership.
IQ Office Suites has two central locations in downtown Toronto. They offer everything from private offices to dedicated desks, shared work spaces and virtual offices, as well as meeting and event spaces. Each location has a dedicated Commander-in-Chief to assist members and provide potential members with guided tours. The coworking membership has daily rates starting at $29.
Located in Toronto’s Liberty Village neighbourhood, this coworking space is designed for people who want something different from their work environment that doesn’t include a cubicle or their living room couch. Memberships include access to boardrooms and kitchens, lunch and learns, and networking socials. Pricing starts at $105/month for the virtual office package.
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