A solution for advertising and finding downtown office space
Do you have surplus office space? Or are you looking to establish your business in downtown Montréal? Maybe you’re meant to work together!
As part of its “I love working downtown” initiative, the Chamber has developed a technological solution aimed at providing
direct support to businesses
in managing their work spaces,
increasing the occupancy rate
of downtown offices,
enhancing the supply of shared workspaces
in the downtown area and
encouraging synergies between companies
of complementary sizes, functions and sectors.
Don’t wait any longer! Find out about the numerous advantages this platform has to offer.
Access the platform
Virtual information session
For businesses that rent or own office space downtown or that are looking for office space
Discover the main features of this new platform
by following this virtual webinar, which was recorded on May 6.
VIEW THE WEBINAR (in French only)
Why Espaces et cie?
Espaces et cie was created in response to the issues raised in our most recent study on a major and decisive issue in the relaunch of the downtown area: the management of surplus office space in downtown Montréal.
The study entitled “Office space in downtown Montréal: How to create synergies and attract new businesses” documents the needs of businesses, the amount of surplus office space, the effectiveness of the processes in place and the opportunities in the real estate sector that can be leveraged to facilitate the transition to new ways of working.
The implementation of hybrid work models, which was accelerated by the COVID-19 pandemic, led to an initial decrease in the number of people who work downtown every day. As a result, there was a decrease in spending in the businesses located there.
Our scenarios suggest that the new ways of working will also result in an initial decline in demand for office space in square feet.
This shock will be partly absorbed by economic growth, the arrival of new businesses and greater agility in the office space rental and subletting market.
Based on these findings, the Chamber has launched Espaces et cie, an evolving pilot project, at a crucial time for businesses, which are preparing their employees for a return to the office or are thinking about their new way of working.
For more information, see the highlights of this study and the Chamber’s recommendations for employers and office space tenants and owners.
Download the study (In French only)
Frequently Asked Questions
If you don’t already have an Espaces et cie profile, follow these steps:
Go to Espacesetcie.com and click “Create your profile.”
Enter your name (or your company’s name), password, address and phone number.
Once you’ve entered your information, we’ll send you an email. In the activation email, click “Confirm my registration.”
The password must contain at least eight characters and meet at least two of the three requirements listed below:
One uppercase letter
One special character
Valid password examples: Afwkgi23 or Afwkgi2!
Your registration information will be automatically added to your profile.
In the top-right menu, click “Profile,” then select “My Profile.” This will bring you to your dashboard.
In the left-hand column, click “Edit” and a window will open. If you want, you can add a description (in French and English) and change any previously added information.
By clicking “Next” you will be able to choose your profile picture and upload images to your gallery.
Click “Submit” to confirm your changes.
Your profile is complete!
Espaces et cie is Downtown Montréal’s hub for listing and finding office space. Here you’ll find independent and shared spaces, for lease or sublease. Your listings will appear here with everyone else’s.
You can access the Espaces et cie marketplace from the home page or dashboard.
The dashboard also has a “Postings” tab where users can post a description of what they’re looking for.
Simply use the search bar to find your desired office space!
Log in and navigate to your dashboard to see your listings and wanted spaces.
Click the “+” on the “New listing” button.
Fill in the requested information, then enter any information you want your listing to display in the “Description” space. You can also add a translation.
Click “Next” and upload photos of your space. Listings with images have a much higher chance of getting people’s attention!
Specify your listing’s various features.
If necessary, add an attachment, e.g., a floor plan or technical data sheet.
Remember to click “Save” after entering all your information.
Log into your profile.
Click the “Espaces et cie” logo and you’ll see the search bar at the top centre of the page.
Browse listings by selecting categories that match what you’re looking for, e.g., “shared spaces” or “independent spaces.”
Click “Search” to display all the listings matching your search criteria.
The right side of the screen has two tabs: one with advanced filters and another mapping your results.
This tool lets you filter your results based on different criteria.
You can also set a maximum distance or filter by category.
To explore different options or refine your search (e.g., find spaces related to your industry), use the built-in tool at the bottom of the page.
You can start a discussion with our chat tool. Each listing page has a “Chat with advertiser” button on the right-hand side.
To view your messages and ongoing discussions, open the drop-down menu by clicking on your profile in the top-right corner. Select “Discussions.”
You can now chat with the user who posted the listing you’re interested in and reply to users who want to know more about what you’re offering. This chat tool is always available.
There are two ways to remove a listing from Espaces et cie:
You can set it to private so that it no longer appears on the site and only you can see it. It will still stay on our servers, and you can reactivate or edit it at any time!
For this option, click the three dots in the top-right corner of your listing and select “Make private.”
If you want to delete your listing permanently, click the three dots and select “Delete.” Warning: this action is irreversible!
You can access your settings from your dashboard or the “Profile” drop-down menu in the top-right corner of the screen.
All notifications are enabled by default.
To disable notifications of your choice, click the slider to change it from “enabled” to “disabled.” The slider will become greyed out to indicate that it has been disabled.
You can change your preferences at any time.
In the top-right menu, there is a bell icon indicating your total number of notifications.
Click the bell to see your notifications.
Click the “Profile” drop-down menu in the top-right corner.
Select the “Language” option.
Then, choose “French” or “English.”
If you have forgotten or want to change your password:
Select “Log In” on the home page.
Click “Forgot password.”
We will send an email to the email address linked to the account.
Open the email and click “Change my password.”
In the top-right corner, click the “Profile” drop-down menu, then click “My Profile” to open your dashboard.
In the left-hand column, click “Edit” and an information window will open. You can then edit your profile’s French and English descriptions and all your information.
Click “Next.” You can now choose a new profile picture and upload images to your gallery.
You’ve updated your profile!
You can easily change your contact email address via the “My Profile” option under the “Profile” drop-down menu.
Click “Edit” below your profile image.
A window will open where you can edit all your information, including your email address.
Only one email and password are permitted for each Espaces et cie profile.
No. We only act as an intermediary to connect companies. When you interact with each other, your discussions are only between you and the other company. We’re only here to promote synergy between users and make it simpler for them to achieve their respective goals.
About “ I love working downtown”: A Chamber of Commerce of Metropolitan Montreal initiative
Carried out with support from the Ministère de l’Économie et de l’Innovation, the “I love working downtown” initiative aims to implement measures to accelerate the relaunch of downtown Montréal.
As part of the initiative:
With the financial participation of: