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Barter your skills with the Toronto Time Bank

Posted by Natalia Manzocco / July 22, 2014

toronto time bankLet's say you've got an apartment that needs painting, but lack the time, patience, and smooth, steady rolling hand needed to make that happen - let alone the amount of cash required to bring in the professionals. You can, however, teach the guitar / proofread a report / fix a bike like nobody's business: Problem solved. Thanks to a new skill-swapping endeavour, the Toronto Time Bank, you can turn your own areas of expertise into a little free help from someone else in the community.

Here's how it works: You volunteer to perform a task for someone, and when you've completed the agreed-upon amount of time, those hours get put into your own personal "time bank" for you to spend on a free task from someone else. It's a relatively new idea in Toronto, where the local Time Bank chapter has only 67 members so far, but there are over 400 such groups registered across the U.S., boasting a total of about 40,000 members.

To learn more, visit the Toronto Time Bank website. Do you think this idea will catch on in Toronto? Would you barter your time?

Photo by Roger Cullman via the blogTO Flickr pool.



Gerry Hamilton / July 22, 2014 at 07:10 am
Good idea. How can I get involved?
Downtown Toronto Personal Trainer / July 22, 2014 at 08:26 am
Ya definitely a good idea. Don't think it would apply to me but I can see it being a success as long as its well structured and has reliable members.
Ryan / July 22, 2014 at 08:40 am
Gerry, there's a website linked in the article.
rosemary replying to a comment from Ryan / July 22, 2014 at 09:25 am
Can't find the web site either
Gary replying to a comment from Ryan / July 22, 2014 at 11:27 am
Yeah Ryan, website, can't find it
horizoncarrie / July 22, 2014 at 11:45 am
janet / July 22, 2014 at 06:06 pm
There's no labels on the application form fields showing where to put required info. such as email address etc.
totimebank / July 23, 2014 at 11:19 pm
Hey there - If you're having trouble registering an acccount with the Timebank you can e-mail us at
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