The top 10 new office rental and coworking spaces in Toronto
Office rental and coworking spaces in Toronto help small, growing businesses, entrepreneurs and lonely freelancers find a place to get their work done. Laptops, smart phones, wifi, and teleconferencing were supposed to free us from office spaces. No luck.
As a follow up to our previous post on the top shared office space options in Toronto, here's a look at some of the top new coworking spaces and short-term (and fully furnished) office rental options now available in Toronto.
iQ Office Suites
The second iQ Office Suites is located at the corner of Queen and University in the historic Bank of Canada building. Like their first location in the picturesque Dineen building, this is a central location easily accessible by transit. At iQ you can get a private office, a dedicated desk or even a virtual office in addition to access to meeting spaces and coworking and event spaces. As a member you also get special promotions and/or privileges from Cineplex, GoodLife Fitness and Steam Whistle to name a few.
BrightLane has taken up a historic brick and beam building on King West. BrightLane also offers a variety of choices to small businesses and freelancers from a private enclosed office to a dedicated coworking desk. With flexible plans like a month-to-month membership you get access to a variety of meeting rooms, printers and scanners, bike storage, even craft beer and afternoon treats. The space is pet friendly and has a rooftop terrace with BBQ for when winter ends.
East Room is a boutique style coworking space in Riverside, just down the street from Merchants of Green. The East Room promises a curated membership of like-minded people from arts, tech and design industries. The idea is to create a place that allows you to share ideas or to even collaborate on projects. There are two forms of membership: you can be a resident, or club member. As a resident you get a desk with storage and printing, and unlimited conference room time. As a club member you get no desk and have limited access to conference rooms.
Located across the street from St. Lawrence Market, Workhaus offers Toronto startups the advantage of using its iconic 100 Front St. E. address. In addition to an office, this location offers small businesses access to spaces for hosting corporate events, seminars, shows and social gatherings. Wokhaus also offers the option of virtual office, event space rentals as well as the option of getting a private office, a dedicated desk or a hot desk which means you can have access to their lounge or loft work on a first-come first-serve basis.
The Fueling station
The Fueling station, located in Liberty Village, dubs itself as a service station for entrepreneurs. The founders use their own experience as entrepreneurs as a selling point, promising to share their knowledge, skills and experience with members. This space also offers private office rentals, dedicated desks, shared tables and a virtual office option. With membership you get access to a receptionist, boardrooms, a shared kitchen and rooftop patio.
WorkplaceTO at Bay and Adelaide exudes a corporate vibe with access to a traditional corporate style reception area and offices. With membership you get access to printers, copiers and scanners, refreshments as well as mail and package services. WorkplaceTO also offers support such as helping you connect your computer or devices to their network and equipment.
Workplace One has three Toronto-based locations including this large facility on King St. near Liberty Village. They offer dedicated office space from short to long-term rentals. In addition to the office space you also get access to a copier, printer, scanner and fax services, conference rooms and the full use of the kitchen and coffee bar.
Station 477 is a creative studio space that relies on members to run activities, and provide workshops and services. The space is also available for rent during business hours. Located close to Richmond W. and Spadina the space has wifi, and a full kitchen and dining area. They also have a workshop room for rent at an hourly rate.
Riverdale Hub / The Social Gardner
Riverdale Hub is a green workspace founded by a grassroots women's organization, and re-imagined as an environmentally sustainable space that promotes community economic development through social enterprises, transformative art and community-based revitalization projects. They're also connected to The Social Gardener restaurant and cafe. You can get a hot desk, private desk, or a private office. With their hub share membership, you get wifi, office cleaning, reception and admin support, photocopier and fax, and meeting room access. .
Project Spaces has opened a new location called Project OWL on Queen West. Their other space Project RHINO was first opened on King West. Both locations offer office spaces as well as lounges and kitchen spaces, but the OWL has a cafe and even a private shower. Project OWL offers various kinds of membership including a dedicated desk, lounge membership or a virtual office.
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