January 12, 2018
This week I wanted to share examples of coworking spaces across Canada. Coworking spaces are shared workplaces for independent businesses who want little to no commitment with the benefits of professional office space and a network of common values.
Coworking space serves a new and growing workforce of people who work where, when and how want. It’s important infrastructure for economic developers wishing to support and grow their entrepreneurial base.
What I love about these spaces is that not only do they support entrepreneurship, they are all located in buildings that were adapted from a previous use.
Five Coworking Space Examples
The Sanctuary is a converted church in Kingston, ON.
The Sancturary offers hot desks starting with commitments for as little as one hour. This converted church offers hot desks, private offices, meeting rooms and event spaces. Services include standard offerings of wifi, hydro, office furnishings, kitchen and café, leases as short as 1 hour and 24/7 access. In addition the Sanctuary provides a receptionist, outside guest waiting area and showers.
Seedworks Offices is a converted warehouse building constructed in the 1890s in downtown Hamilton. The services include a secure server, lockable storage, security, digital imaging and meeting rooms with AV equipment. The Seedworks also offers professional development programming and onsite bike and care share.
The Crew Collective and Café is located in the former headquarters for the Royal Bank in Montreal. The café is open 7 days a week. It offers free workspaces with private workspaces that can be reserved. Anyone can join the Collective, for anywhere from one day, to one month, to a year and beyond. A day pass provides private secure workspace, private bathroom members only access, kitchen, chill room and balcony access.
Tweedsmuir Co-working is a former elementary school located in North Bay. Services include temporary desk memberships for 20, 60 or 100 hours a month, dedicated desks and private offices. Like the other coworking spaces Tweedsmuir Coworking offers 24/7 access to fully functional workspace with access to larger meeting rooms, printing and AV equipment.
The 3rd Rail Society is located on the second floor of Stratford's Via Rail station. It is home to a group of independent, entrepreneurial types, who want "a professional, collaborative and encouraging atmosphere to work in an attractive space where talented, motivated people can come and go. And get their stuff done. The describe their workspace as "relaxed, uncluttered, designy and a bit off centre. At prices even freelancers will like." They offer day pass tables, premium tables, dedicated desks, semi-private and private offices.