The CSI Community Living Room: Where Community Comes Together
The CSI Community Living Room is a neighbourhood level experiment to build community wealth, community enterprise and social enterprises at the ground level.
Focusing on the earliest stages of enterprise development, the CL will be a Next Economy solution that prioritizes equity-deserving entrepreneurship development. We see that these enterprises may stay local or may graduate to our Social Ventures, Climate Ventures and other acceleration programs and funding streams as they grow and evolve. Our goal is to bring enterprise development as another strategy to poverty alleviation while building belonging and community cohesion.”
Grow your big idea in this community hub and meeting space
“This is hands-down my favourite community and coworking space in Toronto. I’d recommend anyone looking to collaborate with likeminded social entrepreneurs to drop by this place for one of their many events and consider becoming a member. It’s been the best decision for both myself and my business.”
– Tati A., CSI Regent Park Member
Coming Soon: The Tech Lending Library
The current pandemic, and switch to online everything has made it clear that access to technology and reliable internet is a basic necessity for individuals and communities. In Regent Park many residents experience limited access to the Internet, especially at-risk youth and school children living who need Internet access to attend school virtually, get help with school, socialize, find opportunities for safe and engaging activities, and for their parents to participate in community projects, receive online access to social workers, doctors and other services.
Having access to technology is having access to success.
With the generosity of the Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA), and the City of Toronto, CSI is building a Technology Lending Library in the Community for the residents of Regent Park.
The Library will have items like laptops, tablets, mobile internet hubs, and curated peripherals available to local residents, and technology orientation, and cyber security workshops will be offered to all Library patrons to ensure that they have the know how to best optimize the tools they are borrowing.
Not only does this initiative offer digital access, the Tech Lending Library will create local skilled jobs for youth as Peer Support Workers. In this role, the youth will train others, remind about returns, check devices before and after lending, answer simple questions about the use of devices, organize peer-led discussions about cyber-security.
Training will be provided by the technology skills program at The Yonge Street Mission (YSM), which helps to build cooperation amongst agencies in regent park, and stregthen the socail fabric of the neighbourhood.
For many in Regent Park, there are financial barriers to participating in programs like a lending library. The RP Tech Lending Library is offered as a free resource for all residents of Regent Park. following the lead of the likes of the New York Public Library system, CSI has designed a tiered membership approach to borrowing that will eliminate the need for late fee, and instead uses a merit system that incentivises good usage – safe handling of devices, proper booking, ontime returns – for a leveled up membership experience that would include options like longer borrowing periods, and multiple device sign out.
The project will help more than 200 families with students, and other residents, benefit from digital accessibility for school for work, and for community engagement.
Location & Getting Around
The CSI Community Living Room (585 Dundas St. E) is a community asset and part of a massive neighbourhood revitalization project: from Canada’s largest and oldest social-housing development into a mixed-income, mixed-use neighbourhood with a diverse community, state-of-the-art facilities, and a beautiful park and open space.
- 65 Parliament Parliament and Dundas
- 505 Dundas Dundas St East and Regent Park Blvd
- 504 Broadview Broadview and Dundas
- 12 Minutes Union Station
- 37 Minutes High Park
- 17 Minutes Queen & Woodbine
- 33 Minutes Yonge & Eglinton
There is plenty of public parking surrounding the Centre. There are approximately 100 paid public parking spots at the first level below grade under the Paintbox Condos, and street parking.
To access the underground parking, turn south on Sackville and then left (East) where the Paintbox signs are.
The daily parking rates are as follows: $10 from 6 AM to 6 PM.
The Community Living Room is fully accessible from the main entrance at 585 Dundas St. E. CSI Regent Park is located on the 3rd floor which is accessible via elevators found inside the building.
Instructions for Wheeltrans Drivers
Drivers should park in front of the Daniels Spectrum building located at 585 Dundas St. E. Guests can use elevators, located in the south lobby, to access the 3rd floor.
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: denise(at)socialinnovation.ca
Get Your Idea Off the Ground at The Community Living Room
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We would like to acknowledge that the land on which we operate is located on the traditional territory of the Huron-Wendat and Petun First Nations, the Seneca, and most recently, the Mississaugas of the Credit River. To learn more about the history of the land, the story of the Mississauga people and the challenges they face today, watch this video.