Collaborative Consumption in Toronto

by unstash team on August 1, 2011

toronto skylineIf you’re looking for collaborative consumption resources in the City of Toronto, this is it. As the most diverse city in the world, with a booming creativity and innovation sector, Toronto is ripe in becoming a leading global city for collaborative consumption.

Besides, our own peer-to-peer platform for the sharing of consumer goods (launching soon – sign up to get on our list), we wanted to highlight many of the other awesome things happening in collaborative consumption space in Toronto – specifically those that cater directly to Toronto or that are Toronto-based organizations

We’ll curate this list on an ongoing basis.

The Library
Toronto Public Library – We wanted to highlight this first as it’s not only one of the longest standing forms of great collaborative consumption, it’s the ‘busiest urban library in the world’, with a massive catalog of print and digital media.

Giving stuff away
Trash Nothing! – Give & get free stuff
Freecycle – Toronto, Cabbagetown, Annex/UofT
Tradyo – Buy & Barter in yo hood – iphone app

Swapsity – geared for swapping across canada
SwapTeam – Clothing Swap
CardSwap – Canada’s Leading Site to Buy and Sell Gift Cards
Swap Toronto – Social events facebook page
U of T Swap Shop – Primarily surplus office furniture and equipment

Hot Yam – University of Toronto sustainable food collective
Toronto Farmers’ Market Network
South Riverdale Community Kitchen
The Stop – Community food services
Karma co-op food store
Not Far from the Tree – Collaborative fruit picking

Rent Frock Repeat – Rent luxury designer dresses
preloved - one of a kind clothing from reclaimed vintage fabrics

Rayku – online Peer-to-Peer tutoring for college and university students
Well of Change – Connecting freelance services with charities
ZeroBaggage – Toronto-based helping people travel light – in development
iStopOver – Toronto based short term home rentals
SocialGift – Sharing the purchases of gifts
StartupFuel – Crowd-Funding for Canadian Startups

Guerilla Gardening – Vandalizing the city with nature
LandShare Canada – Connecting growers to landowners
SharingBackYards Toronto – Urban gardening by Growing for Green

Venues for co-creation
Toronto Free gallery – social justice, environmental and sustainability issues expressed through all media.
PaintLounge – Social painting and cafe
snakes and lattes – cultivating community & conversation over coffee and games
Knit Cafe Toronto – Yarn Shop cafe for crafters
Lettuce Knit – DIY knitting shop
The purple purl – Cafe. Yarn. Friends
Bike Pirates – Volunteer run DIY bike shop
The Devil’s Workshop – Collaborative Boutique Workshop
The Work Shop – Sew and Craft by the hour

Coworking Spaces See
Downtown Core Centre for Social Innovation, Camaradarie, Foundery, WorkplaceOne
East End Riverdale Hub, Locus Quo
West End Long Branch Coworking
Scarborough The work republic
Richmond Hill Coworkative

SmartCommute – Helping employers and commuters find sustainable alternatives
Bixi Bikes Toronto 
AutoShare – Uniquely Toronto car sharing
ZipCar Toronto
tour d’afrique – Toronto-based bike tour design company
Options for Cars – The first car sharing co-op in the GTA
eRideShare – Toronto commuter / carpooling network

I have no doubt this list will continue to grow, let us know if we’re missing anything!

photo credit – bensonkua


{ 12 comments… read them below or add one }

Jennifer August 1, 2011 at 2:52 pm

Here is another site that just launched – is a social online collective that creates a simple way for family, friends, co-workers, classmates and neighbors to help each other out using their free time.

Lawrence August 2, 2011 at 11:47 am

Thanks for this! There are a bunch of sites i didn’t know about and will try out!

Marta August 2, 2011 at 6:32 pm

Thanks for putting together this great list of resources for collaborative consumption and mentioning Talking about collaborative consumption in action, we recently hosted a Movie Music Eco-Swap at the Live Green Toronto Festival. The event allowed us to divert a total of 3,327 media items from landfills. We saw 2,352 items swapped and 975 donated to Goodwill. To stay in the loop about future Toronto swap events, check out:

unstash team August 3, 2011 at 11:32 pm

Jennifer – thanks for the tip – is favortraders Toronto-based? We wanted to narrow the focus on this post, since there are literally hundreds of collaborative consumption sites popping up around the world. taskrabbit comes to mind with favortraders – though yours seems to have a more personal touch to it.

Lawrence – glad to help!

Marta – Love the work you’re doing!

Jennifer August 4, 2011 at 10:21 am


NY based. Yes similar to taskrabbit, but more about strengthening relationships and communities among people you know. We can all be such wonderful and helpful resources for each other. Thanks for the feedback.


Co Workative January 6, 2012 at 1:02 am

Hey Unstash, thanks for the useful information. Shared office promotes collaboration and networking opportunities and also take advantage of an accessible space that makes being the boss of you, even more rewarding.

Michael Tippett September 26, 2012 at 2:59 pm

Don’t forget about (kind of like Canada’s Taskrabbit).

mark April 21, 2013 at 4:58 pm is a new one too. Free to use on both sides as well. Ontario based.

Elizabeth Olmedo July 4, 2013 at 6:45 am

Wow! Thank you, Unstash for this great resource. I’m hoping to connect with the sharing community in Toronto and there are a lot of groups I wasn’t aware of on this list.


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Jenn November 13, 2013 at 10:36 am

Toronto Tool Library!

Stephanie May 14, 2014 at 5:32 pm

MakeWorks! 1139 College Street. Shared office, makerspace, and much much more.

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