On September 7, CSI is Opening Its Doors

It’s time. As of Tuesday,CSI Spadina Welcome Desk September 7, CSI is ready to open its doors to our community once more…. Whew, we’ve been waiting to say that. 

There’s excitement, anticipation, and a healthy dose of jitters contained in these words. Our team has been preparing all summer to safely welcome those who are ready back to our shared spaces. It’s what Shona, our Chief Community Officer, beautifully describes as “a slow and tentative return to joy.” So, what does that look like? We got you’ve covered down below and don’t forget to read our COVID safety policies here.

What You’ve Been Waiting For: Events, Rituals, and Renovations 

Marcus and Steffan sitting in CSI SpadinaIn some ways, September 7 marks a return to the familiar. You’ll recognize familiar faces underneath their masks as Matt, Stefan, Gonzalo, and the rest of the community team take care of all our members’ needs. In other ways, we are welcoming something new: an energy and alchemy we may not have the words for yet but that we’ll soon transcribe through the new rituals, solutions, and events we create together (all of which you’ll find posted on our events calendar and on the Common Platform!). 

Rebuilding is a collaborative process. In this spirit, Marcus, CSI Spadina’s Community Animator, is excited to host a community-building think tank every Wednesday in Spadina’s new outdoor coworking space

Taking advantage of the last of the summer heat, the building’s laneway has been transformed into a patio where members can work on projects and – starting Wednesday, September 8 – meet with Marcus to answer questions like, “How are we rebuilding the community together? What do you want to see in the space?” Historically, rituals like Bagel Bonding and Salad Club have never come from staff; they’ve always come from the community. Now is the time to decide what the next iteration of rituals will look like, together! 

Similarly, you’ll find our CSI Annex laneway patio Annex Community Animator, Tara, serving ice cream on Wednesday afternoons at Get The Scoop, a chance for members to reconnect on the Annex’s  brand new laneway patio. Inspired by the way people deepened their relationships on long walks in lockdown, Tara is excited to sit down with members in smaller, more intimate settings to discuss the future of their work.  

Our community also continues online through bi-weekly Lunch and Learns starting September 13. Join our Membership Animator, Andrea, and CSI Member, Laura Hanek of Swoop Media, to learn how graphic recording can improve the way you work. And rounding out the month, we’ll have a Community Toast on September 30, where we’ll raise a glass both in-person and online to the next chapter of building the Next Economy! 

Accessibility rampWhat else? Well, you might notice we’ve added a splash of colour here and there (more on Spadina’s new mural next week) and after sixteen years, the Spadina Welcome Desk has finally made its way to the ground floor…makes sense, right? There you’ll also find a new lounge space beside our beautiful accessibility ramp, designed by McWood Studios. With the Welcome Desk taking its rightful home, the third floor now features more hot desk space and its own lounge area. 

More space is the talk of the town as the team put a lot of effort into optimizing the way we move through the buildings. Tara refers to Annex’s redesign as a “de-densification of the hot desk and dedicated desk areas.” For those who’ve been with us for a while, you’ll be happy to hear we’ve completed a much anticipated renovation of the Annex’s third-floor kitchen! This community space gotAnnex kitchen quite the upgrade with two fridges, two microwaves, extra member storage, and a more accessible design.

We can’t wait for you to see what we have in store. As we remain in a time of transition, we also find ourselves in a time of rich co-creation. We are excited to continue iterating, adapting, and collaborating alongside you. If you have any questions, ideas or feedback, don’t hesitate to reach out to a member of the community team. With that, see you soon!

Welcoming You Back Safely

We are ready to welcome you back. Starting September 7, sites will be staffed, doors will be opened to our community, and together we will begin the joyful work of bringing life and magic back into our spaces.

We are so excited to unveil all of the events and gatherings we have planned for this fall as we rebuild our community together. Read more about our upcoming community events, rituals, and renovations here. 

WELCOMING YOU BACK SAFELY

Following the recommendations of Dr. Eileen de Villa Toronto’s Medical Officer of Health and the Ontario Health and Safety Act guidelines, we are implementing a double vaccination requirement for entry to the CSI buildings. This policy goes into effect on September 22, 2021.

We are requiring that all members, tenants, their employees, contractors, consultants and guests have received two approved COVID-19 vaccinations fourteen days prior to entering any CSI spaces.  

We understand that there are people who have medical barriers to receiving the COVID-19 vaccination. If a member of your team, contractors, consultants or guests has a medical exemption, please contact our space manager and let them know and they can talk about options 

To ensure that we are creating the safest space possible and protecting one another, the following regulations continue to be in effect:

  1. Mask policy continues to be in place. This means they must be worn in common areas unless physically distanced, seated, and eating at a designated area with dividers or at a workstation with dividers.
  2. Distancing requirements also remain and dividers will be available and should be used whenever possible.
  3. Meeting room capacities are still reduced, please adhere to the new capacity guidelines and either dividers or masks must be used while in meeting spaces.
  4. Further information and details on our COVID policies can be found here.

We also invite members to a reopening Town Hall on September 9th, at noon. You can register via Zoom. This Town Hall will be a place for us to provide you with our plan for the fall and answer any questions you may have.

We look forward to the days when these additional risk measures will no longer be necessary, and until then we will continue to connect in all the ways we can and work together as a community to keep our vulnerable populations and our community healthy and thriving.  

 

How Are You, Really? A Call to the Community

Through conversation and programming, our CSI Community Animator, Marcus Huynh, has spent the last year invested in the health and wellbeing of our community. For Mental Health Week, he wanted to share a few words about what this experience has taught him, what he hopes for our community, and how he is here to support. 

We’ve seen the impact of the pandemic on people’s mental health in our personal and professional lives. The way we work and live has changed. The way we lead has changed. The way we socialize and connect with loved ones has changed. The way our kids learn at school has changed. What we see in the media has changed. We see the discrimination and racial inequities that continue to be illuminated and how the pandemic have disproportionally impacted marginalized communities.  

 As social changemakers, we place a lot of responsibility on ourselves to do more and respond more urgently during moments of crisis. At CSI we say, “It’s up to us.” And while that remains true, it’s important to acknowledge that working amid uncertainty, grief, loss, and isolation whilst balancing the needs of relationships, home, and financial pressures affects our mental and emotional capacity and can take a significant toll on the wellbeing of our community. Burnout, and it’s more conversational counterpart, screen fatigue, are real. If you’re feeling exhausted, you’re not alone. We hear you. 

So, as Mental Health Week comes to a close, it’s a great reminder to check in, especially given the current state of the world – and to acknowledge the work doesn’t stop once the week ends. I am writing this as a call to our community to continue to check in, reflect on where we’ve been and to offer an open door for anyone who needs an ear. We all need to listen, keep the conversation going, and break down the stigma surrounding mental health, together. The more we can inject these conversations into our lives and our work, the better, as it affects all aspects of our lives!

It’s essential for us as changemakers to reflect on community health as we work together to build the Next Economy. It’s also “up to us” to ask ourselves and those around us: How are you really doing? What’s causing you stress? What support do you need? As a community, where does our mental health fit into our work? And what is your role?

As CSI Spadina’s Community Animator, my work involves building and connecting the community. These simple questions help me check in and insert more opportunities for dialogue to better understand what’s beneath the surface. The most important part of my work is checking in on the community, meeting them where they’re at, and listening to the pulse of the community’s health.  

In March, as we entered one year of the pandemic and the anniversary of CSI first closing its spaces, there was an opportunity to pause and reflect. We made various CSI programs and touch points available to highlight the importance of mental health and to engage CSI community members along different intersections of their wellbeing journey. We have such incredible members working in mental health and emotional wellbeing and we wanted to broadcast and bridge their work with the needs of our community! We collaborated with CSI members, like Pedro Afif (Psychotherapist) and Ronit Jinich (Mindfulness Without Borders), to provide workshops on Psychoeducation to help us understand how stress shows up and how we are responding to our mental health during this time. We offered various modalities and different ways to engage, particularly since everyone is at a different place in their own mental health journey. 

Often mental health and emotional wellbeing support comes in less direct forms: during the past year, we also hosted community virtual gatherings known as our “Toasts”, which were an opportunity for our members to simply show up wherever they were at, even as the world was changing around us, connect with some friendly virtual smiles and faces, and cheers to each other. For me, these were some of the most memorable and impactful moments of reconnecting with our community virtually. They provided the opportunity to witness connection and remind ourselves that we are all human, that we are in this together, that there is support and there is hope.

Over the last year and a half, I’m reminded that mental health care is different for everyone. Some people may be looking for someone to talk to or seeking resources, others may be navigating different ways of coping, or simply noticing the symptoms that show up from stress and anxiety. Whether it’s having someone to share challenges with, attending a session or conversation to gain insights, reading an article, or asking for help, people need to seek out and be offered support that suits their needs, including counselling or therapy. On that note, mental health is a two-way street, and we all have a role! Sometimes a loved one will come to us for support, and sometimes we’re the ones who need support.

Let’s continue to have these conversations, get real, and provide each other (and ourselves) the support we need as a community. 

I’ll start: How are you, really?

And while we continue the conversation, here is a list of government funded resources and services in Ontario, including telephone counselling, internet-based CBT, online guided programs, local community services and learning resources:  

Tender care: keeping CSI green during the pandemic

Plant wall

What is it we like to say when the snow is (hopefully) gone and the April sun hits? Oh, right! “Spring has sprung!” With greenery making a comeback after a distinctly isolating winter, it feels like the right time to spotlight a few of CSI’s unsung heroes: our plant caregivers, Veronika and Deenie. Over the last year, they have spent many hours watering, pruning and taking care of CSI’s countless plants, and their work should not go unnoticed. Let me explain why.

Plant from the Plant Drive sitting on windowsillThere are many plant parents at CSI. Our plants, like our pets, have a way of adopting us. Take the twenty-five year old grapefruit tree that spends its winters in the Annex office, for example. Plants have a storied history here (more on the grapefruit tree below). In fact, we once did a Plant Drive in 2011 as a fundraiser to grow CSI, but that’s another story. Suffice to say, leaving our beloved coworking space deserted was difficult enough without the added melancholy of bidding our dear plants adieu. That’s when Veronika, our Greenery PECA, and Deenie, our CSI Annex Caretaker, stepped in. 

And while a fervent attachment to a few succulents may seem silly to some, in a year of incredible uncertainty, ambiguity, and loss, it’s comforting to know at least some things are being taken care of. Thank you, Veronika and Deenie!

 

Plant from Plant Drive sitting on deskSo, what does caring for an entire building’s plants look like? 

Veronika is our Greenery PECA. A PECA is a Project Exchange Community Animator (you can learn more about that on the Exchange Animator page). She is in charge of “greening” our space through special projects and initiatives. Deenie calls her “our resident plant lover extraordinaire” and for good reason: Veronika can often be found tending to her planted trees in the alley or feeding the indoor plants worm compost she makes from all of our food waste.

 

Turns out, taking care of an entire building’s plants in a pandemic requires a whole new level of commitment as it makes for a pretty intense fitness regime. Veronika told us she’s “grateful that despite my gym being closed for months and months, I am able to get exercise lugging water up and down five flights of stairs regularly.” When you put it that way, we’re very grateful, too. 

Deenie is our tried and true CSI Annex Caretaker. She was kind enough to take over for Veronika from March to September in the early stages of the pandemic. Her master key certainly proved useful! Many CSI members would have lost their personal office plants otherwise, not to mention a few of CSI’s rather finicky hibiscus trees Deenie says she had to save. 

Yucca Tree on second floor of Annex officeAny Favourites? 

Deenie admits, “my favourite plant is a twenty-five year old grapefruit tree I grew from a seed. My daughter and I loved to peel and  eat grapefruit like an orange. We were sharing one when she was nine. We found a seed that had a little green trying to poke through. Now, this tree is too large to winter inside my home but enjoys a sunny welcome inside the Whole Note office on [the CSI Annex building’s] fifth floor. 

Veronika says, “my favourite is the Yucca tree in the second floor meeting room that was donated by Trainer’s Gym. It has branches winding in many directions, crossing over and under each other. Members have suggested I cut the branches and re-root them so that they can grow straight, but I tell them that the tree reminds me of the CSI logo in its defiant messiness. Sometimes life is not linear, and is a bit haphazard, but that is what makes it interesting. The tree is a reminder that the path to a goal is important, not just the goal; that adaptability is of value, and that life can take you many ways before you flourish.

Hanging vines in the CSI Annex location.

Veronika’s words are a helpful reminder as we make our way through the third wave of the pandemic. It’s comforting to know that eventually when the path is cleared and we can finally re-enter the space, our community will find a lot of life, fresh-faced and blooming, ready to welcome us back. We all have Veronika and Deenie to thank for that.

 

The Evolving Role of Workspace

Two people wearing masks having a conversation at a Team Table in CSI Spadina

A year of remote work has proven that it is, indeed, possible — but it doesn’t spell the end of the office completely. Likely, organizations will adopt a more flexible system that blends the two.

We know that offices work well for some things, and not as well for others. Having immediate access to people (in person!) can do wonders for innovation, collaboration, mentorship, and professional growth. These spontaneous interactions and background conversations are, however, distracting when you want to do deep work.

It makes sense, then, that workspace evolves into a space for community: somewhere like-minded people can learn, grow, and create together.

“We need to be intentional about the communities we are building,” said our CEO Tonya Surman in an interview with The Professional Centre. “Community for community’s sake is lovely. […] The real question is why do we seek communities? I think that coworking spaces are going to have to dig deeply into purpose.”

Tonya speaks about the future of workspace, harbouring community, and how leadership right now is harder than ever. Watch the full interview:


And if you or your organization are currently looking for flexible coworking space, we might have something for you. See our coworking options.

Get 60% Off The Office of the Week: Annex #313

CSI Annex Office #313 is a bright, enclosed corner office with 360 views.

At CSI, we’re building the Next Economy: one that is sustainable, equitable, and prosperous for all. But we can’t do it alone! To help you get here, we’re featuring a new workspace every week with a special offer. First come, first served, and only available for a limited time!

Office of the Week: Annex #313

Price: Negotiable with up to 60% off your first six months of rent! (Retail price is $1790/mo. + HST)
Square Footage: 170 sq. ft.
Recommended Occupancy: 3-4 desks
Features: A bright, enclosed corner office with 360 views and windows that open. Close to stairwells, elevators, phone booths, kitchen, sanitation stations, overflow desks, and inspiring neighbours.

This offer is only available until Saturday, November 28, 2020! Book your showing by emailing join[at]socialinnovation[dot]ca.

About CSI Annex

CSI Annex (720 Bathurst Ave.) is a five-story, beautifully-restored brick-and-beam building bursting with entrepreneurial energy. We bought and renovated this building, whose beginnings date back to the 1920s, in 2010 with $2M coming from the sale of Community Bonds.

  • 94 Wellesley Harbord at Bathurst
  • 511 Bathurst Bathurst at Harbord
  • Bloor Line Bathurst Station
  • 19 Minutes Union Station
  • 20 Minutes High Park
  • 39 Minutes Queen & Woodbine
  • 26 Minutes Yonge & Eglinton

There is a Green P parking lot at 365 Lippincott Avenue (click to see map), just south of Bloor Street and two blocks east of Bathurst. The building is a four-minute walk from the lot, west on Lennox Street to Bathurst.

Ground Floor
The ground floor of CSI Annex is fully accessible for mobile devices. Guests will enter through the south-east door – the entrance is equipped with a lift.

Screenshot of CSI Annex with arrow pointing to the South Entrance to Ground Floor

Upper Floors
The 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th floors of CSI Annex are not fully accessible: they can be reached via an elevator with a door of 30” width. Functionally this means that while we are able to accommodate many accessibility devices, those using larger devices may need alternative arrangements.

Should guests wish to access the elevator and the upper floors they will enter through the north side entrance.

Screenshot of CSI Annex north west entrance to elevator

Instructions for Wheeltrans Drivers
Drivers should park in front of 720 Bathurst St. Ground floor guests will enter through the south-east entrance – the entrance is equipped with a lift. Upper floors guests will enter through the north side entrance – the entrance next to the elevator.

We are committed to ensuring all members and their guests are able to use our services. If you have any accessibility concerns or questions please reach out the Community Manager: gonzalo(at)socialinnovation.ca

Be Part of Something Bigger

Our membership includes many of the world’s most respected organizations, enterprises, and NGOs. Together, we’re building a movement of nonprofits and for-profits, entrepreneurs and intrapreneurs, artists and activists. We’re working together to create a system that puts people and planet first.

Our Founder and CEO Tonya Surman captured the CSI ethos in a couple of sentences:

“At the risk of being bold — but these are times that demand boldness — we have proven that our craft of social innovation can create thriving, solutions-oriented communities that can change policy, markets and culture, shifting systems and delivering huge impact here in Toronto, and across Canada.

And now, with your help, we want to prove it again. We want to help shape and create the Next Economy.”

So, what are you waiting for?

Not what you’re looking for?

Send us an email anyway, and we’ll help you find what you need.

Get 60% Off The Office of the Week: Annex #405

CSI Annex Office #405

At CSI, we’re building the Next Economy: one that is sustainable, equitable, and prosperous for all. But we can’t do it alone! To help you get here, we’re featuring a new workspace every week with a special offer. First come, first served, and only available for a limited time!

Office of the Week: Annex 405

Price: Negotiable with up to 60% off your first six months of rent! (Retail price is $2390/mo. + HST)
Square Footage: 360 sq. ft.
Recommended Occupancy: 4-6 desks
Features: A private, multi-use, south-facing L-shaped space close to stairwells, elevators, and quiet neighbours.

This offer is only available until Saturday, November 7, 2020! Book your showing by emailing join[at]socialinnovation[dot]ca.

About CSI Annex

CSI Annex (720 Bathurst Ave.) is a five-story, beautifully-restored brick-and-beam building bursting with entrepreneurial energy. We bought and renovated this building, whose beginnings date back to the 1920s, in 2010 with $2M coming from the sale of Community Bonds.

  • 94 Wellesley Harbord at Bathurst
  • 511 Bathurst Bathurst at Harbord
  • Bloor Line Bathurst Station
  • 19 Minutes Union Station
  • 20 Minutes High Park
  • 39 Minutes Queen & Woodbine
  • 26 Minutes Yonge & Eglinton

There is a Green P parking lot at 365 Lippincott Avenue (click to see map), just south of Bloor Street and two blocks east of Bathurst. The building is a four-minute walk from the lot, west on Lennox Street to Bathurst.

Ground Floor
The ground floor of CSI Annex is fully accessible for mobile devices. Guests will enter through the south-east door – the entrance is equipped with a lift.

Screenshot of CSI Annex with arrow pointing to the South Entrance to Ground Floor

Upper Floors
The 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th floors of CSI Annex are not fully accessible: they can be reached via an elevator with a door of 30” width. Functionally this means that while we are able to accommodate many accessibility devices, those using larger devices may need alternative arrangements.

Should guests wish to access the elevator and the upper floors they will enter through the north side entrance.

Screenshot of CSI Annex north west entrance to elevator

Instructions for Wheeltrans Drivers
Drivers should park in front of 720 Bathurst St. Ground floor guests will enter through the south-east entrance – the entrance is equipped with a lift. Upper floors guests will enter through the north side entrance – the entrance next to the elevator.

We are committed to ensuring all members and their guests are able to use our services. If you have any accessibility concerns or questions please reach out the Community Manager: gonzalo(at)socialinnovation.ca

Be Part of Something Bigger

Our membership includes many of the world’s most respected organizations, enterprises, and NGOs. Together, we’re building a movement of nonprofits and for-profits, entrepreneurs and intrapreneurs, artists and activists. We’re working together to create a system that puts people and planet first.

Our Founder and CEO Tonya Surman captured the CSI ethos in a couple of sentences:

“At the risk of being bold — but these are times that demand boldness — we have proven that our craft of social innovation can create thriving, solutions-oriented communities that can change policy, markets and culture, shifting systems and delivering huge impact here in Toronto, and across Canada.

And now, with your help, we want to prove it again. We want to help shape and create the Next Economy.”

So, what are you waiting for?

Not what you’re looking for?

Send us an email anyway, and we’ll help you find what you need.

Get 60% Off The Office of the Week: Annex #309

CSI Annex #309 is a bright L-shaped office perfect for a team of 3-4

This offer is no longer available. Check out our latest deal: Annex 405!

At CSI, we’re building the Next Economy: one that is sustainable, equitable, and prosperous for all. But we can’t do it alone! To help you get here, we’re featuring a new workspace every week with a special offer. First come, first served, and only available for a limited time!

Office of the Week: Annex 309

Price: Negotiable with up to 60% off your first six months’ rent! (Retail price is $1990/mo. + HST)
Square Footage: Approx. 20′ x 12′ = 240 sq. ft.
Recommended Occupancy: 4+ desks
Features: A private, enclosed, south-facing bright L-shaped space with windows that open, close to stairwells, elevators, phone booths, kitchen, sanitation stations, overflow desks, and super neighbours.

This offer is only available until Saturday, October 31, 2020! Book your showing by emailing join[at]socialinnovation[dot]ca.

About CSI Annex

CSI Annex (720 Bathurst Ave.) is a five-story, beautifully-restored brick-and-beam building bursting with entrepreneurial energy. We bought and renovated this building, whose beginnings date back to the 1920s, in 2010 with $2M coming from the sale of Community Bonds.

  • 94 Wellesley Harbord at Bathurst
  • 511 Bathurst Bathurst at Harbord
  • Bloor Line Bathurst Station
  • 19 Minutes Union Station
  • 20 Minutes High Park
  • 39 Minutes Queen & Woodbine
  • 26 Minutes Yonge & Eglinton

There is a Green P parking lot at 365 Lippincott Avenue (click to see map), just south of Bloor Street and two blocks east of Bathurst. The building is a four-minute walk from the lot, west on Lennox Street to Bathurst.

Ground Floor
The ground floor of CSI Annex is fully accessible for mobile devices. Guests will enter through the south-east door – the entrance is equipped with a lift.

Screenshot of CSI Annex with arrow pointing to the South Entrance to Ground Floor

Upper Floors
The 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th floors of CSI Annex are not fully accessible: they can be reached via an elevator with a door of 30” width. Functionally this means that while we are able to accommodate many accessibility devices, those using larger devices may need alternative arrangements.

Should guests wish to access the elevator and the upper floors they will enter through the north side entrance.

Screenshot of CSI Annex north west entrance to elevator

Instructions for Wheeltrans Drivers
Drivers should park in front of 720 Bathurst St. Ground floor guests will enter through the south-east entrance – the entrance is equipped with a lift. Upper floors guests will enter through the north side entrance – the entrance next to the elevator.

We are committed to ensuring all members and their guests are able to use our services. If you have any accessibility concerns or questions please reach out the Community Manager: gonzalo(at)socialinnovation.ca

Be Part of Something Bigger

Our membership includes many of the world’s most respected organizations, enterprises, and NGOs. Together, we’re building a movement of nonprofits and for-profits, entrepreneurs and intrapreneurs, artists and activists. We’re working together to create a system that puts people and planet first.

Our Founder and CEO Tonya Surman captured the CSI ethos in a couple of sentences:

“At the risk of being bold — but these are times that demand boldness — we have proven that our craft of social innovation can create thriving, solutions-oriented communities that can change policy, markets and culture, shifting systems and delivering huge impact here in Toronto, and across Canada.

And now, with your help, we want to prove it again. We want to help shape and create the Next Economy.”

So, what are you waiting for?

Not what you’re looking for?

Send us an email anyway, and we’ll help you find what you need.

Get 50% Off The Office of the Week: Spadina #412

CSI Spadina #412 is a private office with lots of natural light. Perfect for small teams of 2-4.

Sold! This office is no longer available.

Want to see our current offer? Check out Annex #309.

At CSI, we’re building the Next Economy: one that is sustainable, equitable, and prosperous for all. But we can’t do it alone! To help you get here, we’re featuring a new workspace every week with a special offer. First come, first served, and only available for seven days!

Office of the Week: Spadina #412

Price: Negotiable with up to 50% off your first month’s rent! (Retail price is $1530/mo. + HST)
Square Footage: 118 sq. ft.
Recommended Occupancy: 2-4 desks
Features: A private, enclosed space with lots of natural light from a long window. Close to stairwells, elevators, phone booths, kitchen, sanitation stations, and overflow desks.

This offer is only available until Saturday, October 24, 2020! Book your showing by emailing join[at]socialinnovation[dot]ca.

About CSI Spadina

Hardwood floors? Check. Exposed brick? Check. Natural light? Check. The 64,000 sq. ft. Murray Building, located at 192 Spadina Avenue, gives you the perfect canvas to design the workspace that reflects your brand and personality, and to create the oasis from which your best work will emerge.

  • 510 Spadina Spadina and Sullivan
  • 501 Queen Queen and Spadina
  • 505 Dundas Dundas and Spadina
  • 11 Minutes Union Station
  • 21 Minutes High Park
  • 29 Minutes Queen & Woodbine
  • 31 Minutes Yonge and Eglington

There is metered parking all along Spadina.

There is a Green P parking lot approximately 2 blocks north of the Centre for Social Innovation, on the east side of Spadina. Note that Spadina runs northbound so you must approach from Queen St.

There is a public lot on Sullivan St. Note that Sullivan runs westbound so you must approach from Huron St.

Ground Floor
CSI Spadina’s ground floor is fully accessible with a lift on the south side of the building.

Guests will enter through the south laneway door, which has a lift. The laneway is located between 192 Spadina and 190 Spadina.

When you arrive in the building please contact our welcome desk (416-979-3939 ext. 1) to have a staff or DECA to provide access to the lift.

Upper Floors

The coworking space on the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th floors are not fully accessible: they can be reached via an elevator with a door of 30” width. Functionally this means that while we are able to accommodate many accessibility devices, those using larger devices may need alternative arrangements.

Front of CSI Spadina building, with arrow pointing to the laneway to the South Entrance

We are committed to ensuring all members and their guests are able to use our services. If you have any accessibility concerns or questions please reach out the Community Manager: stefan(at)socialinnovation.ca

Be Part of Something Bigger

Our membership includes many of the world’s most respected organizations, enterprises, and NGOs. Together, we’re building a movement of nonprofits and for-profits, entrepreneurs and intrapreneurs, artists and activists. We’re working together to create a system that puts people and planet first.

Our Founder and CEO Tonya Surman captured the CSI ethos in a couple of sentences:

“At the risk of being bold — but these are times that demand boldness — we have proven that our craft of social innovation can create thriving, solutions-oriented communities that can change policy, markets and culture, shifting systems and delivering huge impact here in Toronto, and across Canada.

And now, with your help, we want to prove it again. We want to help shape and create the Next Economy.”

So, what are you waiting for?

Not what you’re looking for?

Send us an email anyway, and we’ll help you find what you need.

Get 50% Off The Office of the Week: Spadina 407

Sold! This office is no longer available.

 

We’re featuring a new workspace every week with a special offer. Don’t miss it!

Price: Negotiable (Retail $1430+HST. Move in by November 1 and get up to 50% off your first three months rent!)
Square Footage: Approx. 15′ x 12′ = 118′ sq ft
Recommended Occupancy: 1-3 desks
Features: A private, enclosed, bright space. Close to stairwells, elevators, phone booths, kitchen, sanitation stations, and overflow desks.

NEED MORE INFORMATION?

You can learn more about CSI Spadina here!

Not quite what you’re looking for?

Email join@socialinnovation.ca and we’ll try to find you what you need.