To become a member of the Vancouver Community Laboratory, you need to complete the following:

  1. Attend a safety orientation
  2. Display proficiency in the basic woodworking or metalworking tools
  3. Attend a new member orientation, followed by our monthly meeting.

To start the process, email to set up a safety orientation.  You will also need to attend a new member orientation followed by our monthly meeting (check the calendar, they start at 6:30 pm on the last Tuesday or Wednesday of the month). At the orientation, we will walk you through the CoLab, answer any questions you may have.  After the meeting, you can sign up as a member.

You will begin at the CoLab as a drop in member, and you have the opportunity to join the waitlist and apply to be a keyholder after getting into the shop.


Questions? Email


Keyholder Membership

note: we have reached our keyholder membership cap, potential new keyholder members will be added to a waitlist until further notice.

Becoming a Keyholder member, you will have unlimited access to the lab.
A minimum six month commitment is required for Keyholder members, and attendance at monthly meetings.

winged key

$100 damage deposit
$100 yearly membership
5 hours of volunteer time/month

There is a $90 penalty if you cannot complete your monthly volunteer hours or have a shift replaced by another ultimate member.
Payment by recurring paypal, post-dated cheques, or full amount in cash.


Drop-In Membership

Becoming a Drop-In member, you will have access to space and equipment during scheduled drop-in times. Attendance at monthly meetings is required.

Drop-in times are Tuesdays and Thursdays 6pm-10pm and Sundays 10am-6pm. Sometimes irregular drop-in hours are posted, so please check our calendar.

$100 yearly membership


Semi-Private Space

We have  a number of 100 sq/ft semi-private blocks of space however, at the moment, all our semi-private spaces are occupied and there is a long wait list.