Co-working has emerged worldwide as the next wave of workspace culture, offering alternative and collaborative shared work environments for diverse entrepreneurs – whether you’re part of a startup team, a digital nomad, a solopreneur, a freelancer, or creative. Usually membership-based, Toronto offers a wide variety of these co-working hubs. Here are nine of the most popular shared office spaces across the city.
Acme Works on Niagara Street is a renovated industrial space first built in the early 1900s. The 8,600-square-foot (799-square-meter) location offers a variety of pricing plans, starting at $25 for day passes. There are private offices and suites, meeting rooms, and an open, shared office area. Acme also provides a shared kitchen and lounge space, as well as a fax machine, scanner, and booths for private phone calls. Catering to lawyers, accountants, and marketers, Acme members also get online access to publications like the Harvard Business Review and Marketing Magazine.
Acme Works, 229 Niagara St, Toronto, ON, Canada, +1 416 479 4458
With one location across the street from St. Lawrence Market and the other in the Financial District, Workhaus provides 8,000 square feet (743.2 square meters) of bright office space for the business and startup crowd. The internet, coffee, and beer on tap are all included in their memberships, which start at $250 per month. They’re also opening a third location on Bay Street this spring.
The Foundery is a co-working space in downtown Toronto, hosting a variety of artists, entrepreneurs, innovators, and freelancers. Members get access to high-speed internet, two private conference rooms, two full kitchens, a rooftop patio, event space, and even a public art gallery. There are six membership options, starting at $25 per day.
The Foundery, 376 Bathurst St, Toronto, ON, Canada, +1 416 938 1229
Centre for Social Innovation (Annex)
The Centre for Social Innovation’s co-working space in the Annex encompasses 36,000 square feet (3,344.5 square meters) and five floors of both shared and private workspaces. The first floor operates as a social hub with a gathering area and a coffee bar. The next two floors offer a mix of desks and private offices, while the fourth and fifth floors have large, private offices. Membership options start at $30 per month.
Workplace One (King East)
Workplace One’s King East co-working space in the Distillery District has flexible memberships that allow you to register for long- or short-term plans. You can also choose from a dedicated desk, private office, or shared team space. Memberships start at $25 per day or $225 per month for a flex membership. In addition to the office space, there’s also access to a copier, printer, scanner, and fax services, as well as conference rooms and access to the kitchen and coffee bar.
Workplace One (King East), 400-901 King St W, Toronto, ON, Canada, +1 416 645 7040
Shecosystem, located in Koreatown a block from Christie Pits, is an all-female co-working and wellness space. In the cozy 1,650-square-foot (153.3-square-meter) space, female-identified people get access to shared or private desks, a phone booth, massage table, and multi-purpose studio. Pricing starts at $30 per day.
Shecosystem, 703 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON, Canada, +1 416 992 1913
The Fueling Station
Calling itself a “service station for entrepreneurs,” this Liberty Village co-working network has three locations that offer desks, meeting rooms, and virtual offices, in addition to boardrooms, shared kitchens, and cleaning services. A non-cubicle, open space, The Fueling Station’s pricing is monthly and starts at $105 per month.
At 30,000 square feet (2,787 square meters), BrightLane is a large space that covers over three floors on King West. With a variety of options that range from private offices to dedicated desks and team rooms, membership plans include access to 11 meeting rooms as well as a wellness room, business workshops, and private phone rooms. Pricing starts at $30 per day.
BrightLane, 545 King St W, Toronto, ON, Canada, +1 416 987 7181
MakeWorks in Little Italy offers a workspace for startups and freelancers, as well as unique prototyping services, complete with laser cutting, 3D printing, and CNC cutting projects. Memberships start at $200 per month.
MakeWorks, 1139 College St, Toronto, ON, Canada, +1 416 546 9675