Where are Toronto’s Tech Startups Co-working Spaces?
I’m often asked by startups that are growing where they can find office space that isn’t too expensive.
So, I’ve compiled a comprehensive list of co-working spaces in the Greater Toronto Area. While doing that, I was pleasantly surprised about the variety of choices that exist. There were 37 facilities, with a total capacity of 4,253 people, and spread over 432,350 square feet of office space. That’s a pretty impressive inventory, and it surpasses what’s available in New York City (about 21 centers).
Co-working spaces are part of the fabric of a startup ecosystem. With an increasing number of startups in the system, this means they need to find office space somewhere. The flurry of growth and a variety of flavors in co-working spaces in Toronto is a good healthy sign.
The spaces could be categorized according to the following segments:
- Acceleration-focused, e.g. MaRS, HIGHLINE Academy.
- Government-sponsored regional spaces, e.g. RIC Centre, ventureLab.
- Large spaces, e.g. the CSI family.
- University-based, e.g. DMZ, OCAD.
- Cool new spaces, e.g. Workhaus, BrightLane, OneEleven.
- Existing startups that rent excess capacity, e.g. Uken Games.
- Collective groups, e.g. the ones under the Coworking Toronto.
- Traditional office spaces that converted parts, i.e. iQ Dineen, Workplace One.
To make this collection browsable, I’ve used Silk, a data publishing platform that lets you easily explore and visualize data sets (I’m a fan of Silk, and plan on publishing an update to my Global Unicorns list in a few days, on that same platform).
To drill into the details for each entry, you really need to click on Explore, and you’ll be able to perform some interesting manipulations and filtering on the data. You may even Share (or embed) this set anywhere you’d like.
Note that I didn’t include other tech startup related centers that don’t seem to have working spaces, but that still offer acceleration and mentoring services, e.g. the Creative Destruction Lab, Kinetic Cafe and the York Entrepreneurship Development Institute.
If you’re a startup and looking for new or expansion space, use the Contact Email that’s part of this collection to get in touch with these spaces. I know that many of them have unused capacity.
If there are errors or omissions in this data set, please email me firstname.lastname@example.org or leave a comment.
In addition to being a fantastic city, happy to see so much collaboration going on in Toronto! 🙂 Coworking spots are one of the best ways to get an idea going! http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/240001
I need to get to Toronto. And Nextspace needs to get to Toronto. For co-work spaces online, check desktimeapp.com.
You’re welcome, anytime 🙂
Have Desktime add more venues from my list.
Same with Nextspace, before wework gets here.
It’s free to list your space on Desktime. Anyone can upload their stuff. They also have back end software with an awesome dashboard that helps you manage your space.
then they should outreach to them. all their emails are there in the Table view of that Silk.
BrightLane (www.brightlane.ca) just opened at King/Spadina. Really nice facility with room for small companies, entrepreneurs that need a desk on a regular basis, and people who need a place to hang out from time to time. And there’s free coffee as a bonus!
Yup. I heard it’s nice. I have a friend there. It’s on the list. Thanks Mark
For a coworking space in the east end, check out Riverdale Hub–www.riverdalehub.ca. We have an open-concept coworking space with shared hot desks, designated desks, meeting tables and couches; plus two enclosed offices. The Hub is also home to a Fair Trade cafe and a variety of rental spaces–event space, a yoga/dance studio, an art gallery, a community kitchen, and gardens.
To update this list for 2017
— 325 Front Street
yup, i’m aware of it, and use it.
but i haven’t had the chance to update this list.
Yup. I heard it’s nice…Bitstrips is a digital entertainment company based in Toronto focusing on interactive products that allow people to create sophisticated avatars and use them to communicate across multiple platforms..