Let’s Build the Sharing Economy – One Tool at a time!
Our partners are wide ranging, from government to companies and from communities to start-ups. In the coming years, we are looking to expand our operations with more Tool Library locations and additional sharing projects in the city of Toronto. If you are interested in partnering with us, please read below about some our past alliances and future endeavours. You can also contact us directly to discuss a partnership opportunity further, at Contact@IRBE.org.
Space & Locations
We’ve partnered with Parkdale Activity Recreation Centre (PARC) for our first Tool Library location (1499 Queen Street West).
Events & Hosting
Sharing Project Incubation
We helped incubate start-up sharing projects like The Kitchen Library and the Toronto Seed Library with space, resources and promotion.
We are always on the look-out for Tool Sponsorships; leading companies have provided us tools including Canadian Tire, Home Depot, Mountain Equipment Co-Op and More.
Future Projects + Opportunities
The Institute for a Resource-Based Economy (IRBE) launched its leading project, the Toronto Tool Library, in 2013 in the Parkdale neighbourhood. Since then we have expanded to three locations (East York in 2013, Hillcrest in 2017). Now our organization is looking to expand with the following projects:
- New locations of the Tool Library in Condos & Co-op buildings
- Closer align our vision and mission with Waste Reduction, and Zero-Waste initiatives.
- Expanding our current locations to all include a Sharing Depot (Library of Things), to all be store-front locations, and have updated and innovative Makerspaces.