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where senior artists are considered. connected. community.


Your Donation Supports Affordable Housing for Senior Arts Workers

A Case for Support

Most artists and arts workers are self-employed, working part-time jobs to make ends meet. The median income for Ottawa's artists is $29,800 and more than half have incomes below the local living wage. Aging artists, 55 years of age and older, account for 30% of Ottawa's artist population.

— Statistics Canada 2021 Census

For many artists, more than half their income goes to housing costs. Owning a home, even at the peak of an artist’s career, is very uncommon while saving for retirement and can be a source of anxiety and worry. Paying rent in their senior years is often a struggle.

In the National Capital Region, 5,800 visual artists, singers, musicians, actors, performers, writers, poets and others contribute to our quality of life. Many thousands more arts workers organize, coordinate, promote and manage artful productions we all enjoy. These creative, hard working people live among us, here, in our community.

PAL Ottawa’s affordable housing project provides affordable housing and creative workspace for senior artists to thrive.

How to Donate

One-time or monthly donations are gratefully accepted.
By Cheque
Mail to: PAL Ottawa, PO Box 4457, Station E, Ottawa ON, K1S 5B4
(Recommended to minimize fees to PAL Ottawa)
By E-Transfer
Send to:

In order to receive your charitable donation tax receipt, please add your email address AND your contact information in the notes section of your e-transfer.

Please note: Your personal daily transfer limit set at your banking institution applies with this payment option. Should your intended donation be more than your daily limit, you have two options: 1) contribute the full amount over multiple days or 2) utilize another payment method listed.

Online by Credit Card
See our secure Online Donation Form, below.

PAL Ottawa is a Canadian registered charity.
Registration # 8063 00885 RR0001. Charitable tax receipts are issued per Canada Revenue Agency guidelines.

Major Donations and Pledges

Considering a major donation or a gift of Securities of more than $2,000?

Please contact Sandy Mackay-Smith, PAL Place Campaign Organizing Committee Chair, at, or by phone 819-671-9004.
Via Ottawa Community Foundation (OCF)
Donations can be made through OCF and PAL Ottawa’s profile page.
(Accepts anonymous donations and donations of securities (E.g., shares))


PAL Ottawa was very supportive right from the get and the go. They understood that as an artist in my category – not a mainstream big-name, having-made-it artist – that I certainly did not have the wherewithal to go through this alone.

Maria Hawkins — Award-winning Ottawa-based Blues Singer

Maria was dealing with a medical condition and PAL Ottawa supported her throughout the process.