Canadian tech opens its doors to those displaced by US executive order

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In the past few days, the Canadian tech community has rallied behind those affected by the recent executive order in the US, which bans travelers from seven Muslim-majority countries. In an open letter, signed by over 3,000 people and including 1,800 companies, the community shared the sentiment that diversity is a source of strength. The letter called on the Canadian government to issue temporary visas for anyone displaced by the order.

Since then, many members of the Canadian startup community have stepped up to help in other ways. CEOs like Helpful.com’s Dan Debow and Slack’s Stewart Butterfield have committed to matching donations to the ACLU, a non-profit fighting against the executive order.

And now, several incubators and startup community members are opening up their doors to people affected by this order. Below is a list of spaces across Canada that are offering up workspaces and services.

Toronto

Hubba

Address: 129 Spadina Ave, Suite 200
Offering: Wifi, coffee, cool people
Contact: Steph Little

Lighthouse Labs

Address: 46 Spadina, 4th floor
Offering: Workspace, coffee, Wifi
Contact: Rachel Greenspan or Emma Cuddy

FocusHub

Address: 48 Yonge Street
Offering: Wifi, printing, work station, catered breakfast, fully-stocked snack area, access to all of the member companies in the space, support for job related areas like career pathing and job search
Contact: Jeff Waldman

TribalScale

Address: 48 Yonge Street
Offering: Technology, Wifi, printing, work station, catered breakfast, fully-stocked snack area, and access to all of the member companies in the space
Contact: Sheetal Jaitly

Nascent

Address: 257 Adelaide Street, Suite 300
Offering: Up to six available desks, office amenities like food, drinks, Wifi
Contact: Shawn Konopinsky

Project Spaces

Address: 73 Bathurst Street, 4th floor and 20 Camden Street, Suite 200
Offering: Complimentary lounge access
Contact: General HQ

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DMZ

Address: 10 Dundas St E, 6th floor
Offering: Common space access between 8:30 to 6 p.m. (hot desk, Wifi, coffee, snacks), community inclusion, events and workshops wherever possible, access to advisors and service providers, support in finding work positions (temp or long term), introductions to key players across Ryerson University and the wider Toronto tech community
Contact: Danielle Smith

HackerYou

Address: 483 Queen Street W
Offering: Monitors, Workspaces, two kitchens, projectors, meeting rooms
Contact: Heather Payne

Diagram/Collage

Address: 30 Duncan St, Suite 701
Offering: Wifi, coffee, workspace
Contact: Karel Vuong

Herscu & Goldsilver

Address: 20 Maud St, Suite 203
Offering: Free desk space to work. Depending on career or background, H&G are open to employment chats.
Contact: Corey Herscu or Samantha Goldsilver

Wealthsimple

Address: 860 Richmond Street West, 3rd floor
Offering: Office space to work out of, lunch with the team any weekday, HR support for jobs with Wealthsimple
Contact: Nora Jenkins

MaRS

Address: 101 College Street
Offering: Will offer services on a case-by-case basis
Contact: Vanessa Pierson

OneEleven

Address: OneEleven, 325 Front St West, Suite 4
Offering: Access to our common space during business hours (9 a.m.- 5 p.m.) including free WiFi, desk space, coffee, and tea.
Contact: Nora Bieberstein (Please provide 24 hours notice).

Kitchener

Communitech

Address: 151 Charles St. W., Suite 100
Offering: Will offer services on a case-by-case basis
Contact: Susan Brockhus-Strickler

Vancouver

Launch Academy

Address: 128 West Hastings Street, Suite 300
Offering: Free workspace in hot desking area, free Wifi, free coffee, opportunities to network and make connections
Contact: Hussein Hallak

HiVE Vancouver

Address: 128 West Hastings Street, Suite 250
Offering: Hot desk drop in between Monday and Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.; go to the front desk to register for a five-day pass, with ID.
Contact: Katie Stewart, Melissa Hope

Unbounce

Address: 401 West Georgia St., Suite 400
Offering: A desk to work from, access to conference rooms, Wifi, phone, coffee, and snacks.
Contact: Support

Montreal

Unbounce

Address: 3575 boul. Saint-Laurent, Suite 119
Offering: A desk to work from, access to conference rooms, Wifi, phone, coffee, and snacks.
Contact: Support

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Crew

Address: 360 Rue Saint-Jacques
Offering: Free café seating, dedicated desk rental
Contact: Sophie Silkes

Notman House

Address: 51 Rue Sherbrooke Ouest
Offering: Free café seating, dedicated desk rental
Contact: Emma Williams

District 3

Address: 1250 Rue Guy
Offering: Free drop-in seat, free dedicated desk (team), incubator, accelerator, Makerspace
Contact: Noor Elhuda El Bawab

Halifax

Volta Labs

Address: 1505 Barrington Street (Maritime Center), 7th floor
Offering: Free coworking space

Anyone affected can apply to be a network member for free on Volta’s website.

Jessica Galang

Jessica Galang

Jessica Galang is BetaKit's News Editor.