General Information About Canadian Coworking Spaces

The first sections of the survey were intended to gather some basic information on just who and what the Canadian spaces look like. The basic business model of spaces responding were based on a for profit model according to 34% of respondents, while not-for-profit was second, with 25%, followed by, Other, which represented 22%. Given the infancy of the industry, it is not surprising that most spaces, 38%, opened between 2008-2010. One aspect that was quite unique were the responses to questions about just what makes their coworking spaces unique. A sampling of responses were found to be:

“It’s definitely the people in the space, they are wonderful.”

“Brick/beam community feel, lots of energy from the people and the space.”

“We try to promote a “green” way of working; less cars on the road, less paper use, etc.”

“The people first and foremost, the open space and the neighbourhood.”

“We are in an old church so we make use of the high ceilings & big windows in our main work area. Our boardroom is in the Choir Loft and our social space is downstairs in the old tea room.”

“Our people. Hands down!”

“We have great coffee and beer on tap.”

 

The Canadian coworking community is starting to represent almost over 70 spaces, with more opening their doors every month. Many of the respondents to the survey mentioned that repurposing spaces was common, with many being located in heritage sites with hardwood floors, exposed brick, beams, and pipes. It was also found that many spaces opted to have an open concept that is more conducive to sharing of ideas and fostering creativity.

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