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Tofino Seeks to Add a Coworking Space

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June 27, 2018


B.C. companies The Network Hub and Thrive Junction collaborate to assist with feasibility

research for potential new coworking community

Tofino, B.C., May 23, 2018 – With the beach, surf, and great outdoors as its backdrop, one

of Canada’s most renowned tourism destinations in the Pacific Rim, Tofino, is looking to

become a national workplace location of choice by building a coworking community for

both locals and visitors. It would be a first for Tofino, a village of about two thousand people

that triples in population in peak summer season. The Tofino-Long Beach Chamber of

Commerce is collaborating with British Columbia’s coworking pioneer The Network Hub

and innovation hub consultants Thrive Junction to test interest and demand with a crowdsourcing


“Tofino is truly unique in its location and lifestyle,” says Jen Dart, executive director of

Tofino-Long Beach Chamber of Commerce. “Coworking is a growing movement now

commonplace not just in Canada but also around the world. British Columbia is one of the

pioneering provinces in Canada to do so. We are setting out to determine if it is a concept

that can be sustained in Tofino, by attracting more young entrepreneur, digital nomads,

visiting creative and technology sector workers who can work from anywhere.”

Tofino is currently asking those interested to fill out a feasibility survey in order to gauge

interest and demand. The results will be written into a report and shared with the public.

“Our town is thriving and looking for ways to innovate and diversify our local economy

while supporting businesses, residents and visitors already here,” adds Josie Osborne,

District of Tofino mayor. “Opening a coworking space would help bring in a different

business and creative population to complement Tofino’s already popular reputation. We

want to be known as a place to not only explore nature, but also work within nature. I

encourage everyone to fill out the survey to shed further light on what their needs are to

progress from idea to commercialization.”

New ideas, new business attraction, and a diversified global network are just some of the

innovative benefits that will derive from mixing locals and visitors in the anticipated Tofino

and Pacific Rim coworking community. Tofino will also be a welcome addition to locationindependent

professionals, increasing the number of workplace destinations to The

Network Hub-curated Coworking Visa Map.

The feasibility survey can be taken any time by visiting this link:


About The Network Hub

Vancouver-based The Network Hub has been a founding pioneer of the coworking concept

in Canada since 2006. It currently provides virtual office service, meeting room rental,

coworking space rental, private office space rental, and event space rental in locations

across British Columbia including Nanaimo, New Westminster, Richmond, Vancouver and

Whistler. The Network Hub also curates the Coworking Visa Map, a global membership

network where members can utilize any partner Coworking Visa location for up to three

days. | Facebook: /TheNetworkHub | Twitter: @TheNetworkHub |

Instagram: TheNetworkHub

About Thrive Junction

Nanaimo headquartered Thrive Junction is a consulting team focused on transforming

distinctive places into SMART workplace destinations. Building innovation hubs that

empower distinctive communities with space, collaboration, technology, events and

programs, and workplace destination branding is their focus. | Facebook: /ThriveJunction | Twitter: @ThriveJunction

About Tofino-Long Beach Chamber of Commerce

The Tofino-Long Beach Chamber of Commerce is Tofino’s original and largest business

organization, founded in 1929. The TLBCC’s mission is to actively represent the vast

spectrum of businesses in Tofino by offering a range of programs, services and networking

opportunities for our members; through the development of policies on and being strong

advocates for social issues; and by promoting the stewardship of the environment of

Clayoquot Sound. Our membership is extremely broad and vibrant for a town of Tofino’s

size, and we are proud to represent some of the most innovative entrepreneurs in Canada.

Media Contacts:

Sophia Cheng


Jen Dart

Tofino-Long Beach Chamber of Commerce


Jen Dart, Executive Director
(250) 725-3153