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where senior artists are considered. connected. community.

PAL Ottawa’s ‘PAL Place’

Affordable Living for Senior Arts Workers

The creativity and passion of artists does not diminish as they age!

PAL Place will manifest an especially vibrant and welcoming community inspired by art, creativity, well-being, and ongoing artistic expression through various art forms. Residency is offered to actors, musicians, singers, dancers, designers, directors, writers, visual artists, technicians, choreographers, stage crews, arts administrators and more.

Sign up through our online Application form.

Affordable housing for arts workers has always been an issue and it keeps getting more dire with each passing year, as rents increase and salaries in a precarious industry stay stagnant. With the living and performance space PAL will provide, we can make the arts, and arts workers, a vital part of the community.

Lynn Miles  — Juno Award-winning singer/songwriter

PAL Place residents can look forward to living green!

The building’s Passive design pursues net-zero greenhouse gas emissions – the gold standard of sustainable design that includes solar energy, geothermal, energy storage systems, zero emissions space and water heating and other zero emission technologies.

In partnership with Ottawa Community Housing (OCH),  PAL Ottawa will oversee an apartment block lease of 82 apartments including bachelor, one-bedroom, two-bedroom, three-bedroom, and four-bedroom units.  The property includes limited parking, active transportation, shared greenspace, a rooftop terrace and an indoor/outdoor Creative Space. The latter is designed to facilitate sustained artistic creation, presentations, exhibitions, workshops, and more to benefit both the residents and the neighbourhood.

Located at 305 Rochester Street, PAL Place will operate as a non-profit, mixed income, creative environment!

It offers deeply affordable housing within a community where creators aged 55 and older can live and continue to work.

View apartment floor plans

(Floor plans are of OCH’s MOSAÏQ property,  located at 811 Gladstone Avenue.  Apartments at PAL Place will mimic these designs.)

Apply to Live at PAL Place Now!

As of mid-2022, more than 120 artists and arts workers have applied to live at PAL Place. Anyone with a potential interest is encouraged to apply now!  If you’ve previously applied and your status or information has since changed, or if you have any questions, contact us at outreach@palottawa.org and we will respond.

PAL Ottawa will contact applicants during the resident selection process. Your application does NOT commit you to accepting an apartment, if offered. The option to decline a unit is available, should your circumstances change.

View the renderings of Richmond Heights Development that include PAL Place

FAQ’s

  • How can I ask questions to PAL Ottawa about my interest in applying or my applicant information that may change after I submit my application?

    Please email outreach@palottawa.org with any queries directly related to an application to PAL Ottawa for residence at PAL Place. This includes  inquiries BEFORE you apply, AFTER you submit your application. If you have general inquiries about PAL Ottawa, contact us at info@palottawa.org.

  • What is transportation like in the area of PAL Place? Is it easy to get around?

    Public transportation via LRT and bus is currently available for this area, with Pimisi station being the closest LRT station to PAL Place. You can reach Pimisi station either by bus or by a 15 minute walk. Buses are located anywhere from 27 metres to 300 metres from PAL Place, travelling in all four directions.

    The area in general has a walking score of 87 out of 100.

    For more information on OC Transpo services and planning your travel, please visit octranspo.ca.

  • When will successful applicants be notified of their successful application?

    We anticipate notifying successful applicants one (1) year or more in advance of occupancy to PAL Place. This gives time for future tenants to make necessary arrangements to depart their current place of residence. Details will be discussed with each successful applicant at that time.

  • What happens after I send in my application?

    Sending in the application via the PAL Ottawa website is step one in the process. Your application will be reviewed by PAL Ottawa. PAL Ottawa will contact the applicant by email or phone, per contact information provided on the application form during the process. Alternatively, an applicant can always contact PAL Ottawa via email at outreach@palottawa.org to update information on their application.

  • If I am registered with the City of Ottawa for affordable housing can I also apply to PAL Ottawa?

    Yes. These affordable housing options are independent of each other. As long as you meet the criteria outlined by PAL Ottawa, please apply! And if you qualify for the City of Ottawa registery, apply there, too.

  • Do I need to be a member of PAL Ottawa in order to apply?

    No

  • How do I apply?

    Please first review the application to determine if you meet the criteria as a professional artist or arts worker. If you qualify, then continue to fill out the application form available on our website in both English and French.
    Click here to view the application form!

  • Who is eligible to apply to live at PAL Place?

    A professional artist or arts worker who has a minimum of 15 years experience with this occupation being their primary source of income; anyone age 40 or older with the understanding we aim to select residents who are aged 55 and older. We encourage applications from anyone interested to generate a waiting list for units when demand for new tenants is warranted.

  • How do you define a professional arts worker or professional artist?

    A professional arts worker is an individual who has become established as an artist in any discipline, or in an associated occupation, as evidenced by the following criteria:

    • Has devoted a substantial portion of their adult life to the professional arts (15+ years);
    • Has received compensation for their work in the professional arts, with income from the professional arts appropriate to the span of their career;
    • Has membership in a professional association appropriate to their activity in the professional arts, whose membership or categories of membership are limited under standards established by the association, or which is a trade union or is its equivalent appropriate to their artistic abilities or technical skills.
  • What is an 'associated occupation'?

    An associated occupation is an occupation within a corporation, association, guild or union associated within the professional arts community.

  • What is PAL Ottawa?

    PAL Ottawa is a volunteer-driven, non-profit, charitable organization that provides deeply affordable housing, personal services and well-being programs to artists and art workers in the National Capital Region. We care for artists so they can sustainably create art that enriches all our lives.

  • What is PAL Place?

    In partnership with Ottawa Community Housing (OCH), PAL Ottawa is building a new, mixed residence, net-zero emission, passive design building called PAL Place. PAL Ottawa will manage the 80+ apartment block lease of studio, 1-bedroom, 2-bedroom, 3-bedroom, and 4-bedroom units to house senior artists and arts workers. PAL Place includes limited automobile and bicycle parking, shared greenspace, a rooftop terrace, and Creative Spaces. The latter is designed to facilitate sustained artistic creation, presentations, exhibitions, workshops, and more to benefit residents, the neighbourhood, and community-building through socio-economic partnership. Detailed information about PAL Place is available in our Case for Support.

  • Is the rent at PAL Place based on singular or combined household incomes if two or more people live in one unit?

    The rental cost is based on an affordable rent model and formula directed by Ottawa Community Housing and CHMC. Applicants should be aware that the income of ALL parties living in a unit will be considered when determining affordable housing eligibility criteria. Again, this criteria is provided by and based on Ottawa Community Housing protocol.

  • What are the market rent prices for units at PAL Place?

    The rental cost at PAL Place is based on affordable housing rates. NO market rent rates are charged to PAL Place residents. Rental rates for PAL Place are not available at this time. Once available, they will be posted on both the PAL Ottawa and Ottawa Community Housing websites.

  • What do the units look like?

    Visit MOSAÏQ website for more information. The various apartment layouts/designs of MOSAÏQ will be utilized at PAL Place.

  • Where is PAL Place located?

    The official address of PAL Place will be 305 Rochester Street.

  • What is used to determine financial eligibility within the application process for PAL Place?

    Based on Ottawa Community Housing affordability criteria, which PAL Ottawa utilizes, affordable housing is offered to individuals, couples or families who fall within a specified income bracket. The income variance (lowest income earned / highest income allowed) is a sliding scale allocated to the number of bedrooms in each unit. For example, a studio apartment will have a lower income variance than a 3-bedroom apartment. The combined total (gross) income of applicants cannot be over the ceiling limit. PAL Ottawa is working to offer an option for deeply affordable rent, for applicants that fall under the baseline (low) limit criteria which will be reviewed on a case-by-case assessment by PAL Ottawa. The total income (combined) of all applicants for each unit is one of many eligibility assessment criteria per our Application Form.