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Where to cowork in Waterloo Region

March 17th, 2022 by Rachel Hickey

Even before the pandemic, the days of working 9 to 5 in cubicles were quickly becoming a distant memory. Businesses were experimenting with different workplace layouts to encourage those conversations and collaborations. Those serendipitous interactions often sparked an idea for a new innovative product or process. 

One significant change in workplaces is coworking spaces. While they’re often associated with freelancers or early-stage startups, coworking spaces are used by businesses as satellite offices or places to give work-from-home employees a quiet area away from home.

The pandemic has accelerated the availability and use of coworking spaces. There are projected to be over 40,000 coworking facilities worldwide by 2024, this is according to a report from Coworking Resources and Coworker.com.

Coworking spaces are more than desks, Wi-Fi, and free coffee—they are a place to be part of a community. A survey by Small Business Labs reported that 89% of co-workers said they felt happier after joining a coworking space, and 83% said working in a coworking space made them less lonely.  

Whether you need some space to network, a place to focus on a challenging task, or get away from noisy roommates or children at home, coworking spaces might be suitable for you. We’ve put together a guide to coworking spaces in Waterloo Region to help you find an option that works for you. 

There are three common space types within most coworking spaces:

The BitBakery Guide to coworking spaces in Waterloo Region

WorkHaus

WorkHaus is a coworking space located next to the Kitchener Market on King Street in Downtown Kitchener. It offers spaces for individuals and teams.

Workhaus

290 King Street East, Kitchener

Amenities

  • Steps from the Kitchener Market with easy access to the 401 and Highway 7
  • Furnished offices with high ceilings and large windows
  • Bring your best friend to work with you in this pet-friendly environment
  • You can work from any of the eleven Workhaus locations across Canada

Options

  • Hot desks (day passes available)
  • Dedicated desks
  • Private offices
  • Corporate packages


The community at WorkHaus is diverse, said Community Manager Adam Mawer. “No matter the industry — tech, HR, marketing, trades and more — people love taking advantage of the valuable services, amenities, and programming at WorkHaus.”

Mawer said that everyone at Workhaus truly has your back no matter what comes your way. He has experienced this support first hand after receiving a cancer diagnosis in 2020. “I was able to temporarily hand over the reins to two of our most tenured members, and they continued in my absence — they had my back. I try to return the favour every day now.”

The Accelerator Centre

The Accelerator Centre is the #1 private business accelerator in Canada. Their coworking space and community incubation program allow businesses to bring their aspirations to life alongside other passionate founders.

“When you’re a part of our community, you benefit from in-person and virtual platforms that enable programs, events, funding opportunities, and access to partners, so you’re never going it alone,” said Tabatha Laverty, Marketing and Communications Director.

Accelerator Centre

295 Hagey Blvd, Waterloo

Amenities

  • Spacious working areas
  • Free coffee
  • Ample parking
  • Video enabled meeting rooms
  • Mentorship and programming for business leaders
  • Social events (an excellent way for the whole community to come together safely and flexibly).

Options

  • Single desks
  • Flexible workspace
  • Occasional meeting rooms


“Our coworking spaces are all about giving founders options,” said Laverty. “Whatever you need, we’ve got a model that supports it.”

Communitech Hybrid Hub

Working from home can be great, but sometimes you want to go where everyone knows your name. Communitech’s Hybrid Hub is a safe, flexible workspace in the heart of the Waterloo Region tech community. The Hub is the center of gravity for founders, innovators, and partners and a connector for those building trust-based tech companies. 

Communitech 151 Charles Street West, Suite 100, Kitchener

Amenities

  • 24/7 secure access to common spaces at the Communitech Hub
  • Wi-Fi, coffee, and tea
  • Access to kitchen space with refrigerator, freezer, and microwaves
  • Access to meeting rooms
  • Printer, copiers, and access to all common space amenities, including patio, BBQ, phone booths, quiet space, games room, and secure indoor bike storage
  • Virtual mail and address services

Options

  • Coworking spaces
  • Dedicated desks
  • Dedicated team space


As for the community, Communitech’s Susan Brockhus-Stickler said, “It’s clear with just one step inside our Hub that there’s a magical energy that permeates throughout the facility that comes from the incredible culture of connectedness and collaboration that Communitech and its community have come to be so well-known for over the years.”

Workplace One

With locations in both Kitchener and Toronto, Workplace One was one of the region’s first coworking providers and is known for its boutique-quality, valuing the unique neighborhoods and communities surrounding the workspace.

Workplace One

51 Breithaupt St #100, Kitchener

Amenities

  • Access to a private, lockable space
  • Furnished with desks, chairs, and filing cabinets
  • Options to brand and configure based on your needs
  • Mail and package handling
  • Meeting rooms, lounges
  • Reception, offsite concierge service
  • Community events

Options

  • Private offices
  • Dedicated desks
  • Team suites
  • HQ suites
  • Virtual office
  • Coworking Membership (Hot desk)


“We are independently owned and operated so our attention to the smallest details is one of our biggest strengths.” says Andrea Hennige, Director of Community at Workplace One. “Unlike traditional commercial or office leasing, our company is also about partnering with our members throughout their time with us to help them navigate their workspace needs.

Catalyst Commons 

Catalyst Commons is a brand new 65,000 square foot coworking facility that focuses on a frictionless workplace experience. Membership at Commons offers flexibility at its core, with the added benefit of a beautifully designed space to allow your workforce to grow.

Catalyst Commons

137 Glasgow St Unit 210, Kitchener

Amenities

  • Wi-Fi, coffee, and draught beer
  • Mentorship programs
  • Connect with an ecosystem of industry leaders
  • Pet-friendly

Options

  • Dedicated desks
  • Hot desks
  • Private offices

Ashley Marquardt, Catalyst’s Community Manager, said, “At Commons, our Community is a growing, vibrant and inclusive environment. In a time when human interaction is more impactful than ever, our community is ready to connect with our changing workforce.”

Regus 

Founded in 1989, Regus is a full-service office solution spanning 150 countries worldwide. 

Regus

180 Northfield Dr. W 1st Floor, Unit 4, Waterloo

Amenities

  • Ergonomic furniture
  • Flexible, customizable layouts
  • Phones, business-grade Wi-Fi
  • Fully stocked kitchens
  • Meeting rooms

Options

  • Private offices (serviced or custom, 24-month contract)
  • Membership (Access to offices, coworking, and lounges with five, ten, or unlimited days access per month).
  • Coworking (hot) desks
  • Virtual offices


165 King West

Joining the coworking space community this year is 165 King West in the former Budd's Department Store space in Downtown Kitchener. The space has been completely overhauled and owner Jay Shah said any coworker would enjoy the mix of restored brick interior with all new infrastructure. The space includes a large rooftop patio and a completely new heat pump HVAC system. 

"It is a functional and pragmatic space, and also a highly energy efficient building. Our HVAC system is awesome — hurray for heat pumps being great for operational cost and the environment," Shah said.

The building is also home to other tenants include the AOK Arcade and Craft Beer bar and the Ten Spot Beauty Bar, both great for a post-work unwind.

165 King Street West

165 King Street West, Kitchener

Amenities

  • Fiber and gigabit cable to every suite
  • Secure indoor bike storage
  • Gym
  • Rooftop Patio (5000 sqft) with views of City Hall on one side and Victoria Park on the other

Options

  • Dedicated desks (month to month)


Today, instead of being offered as a perk, flexible work environments are essential. They provide the space for getting work done—and for finding a community to help you thrive.

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