PAL Canada Foundation is a national charitable organization, linking eight (at present) PAL Chapters in Halifax, Ottawa, Toronto, Stratford, Winnipeg, Edmonton, Calgary and Vancouver. Winner of the 2016 Canadian Screen Awards Humanitarian Award, PAL Canada Foundation works to alleviate the consequences of poverty, isolation and housing challenges among senior and disadvantaged members of Canada’s professional artists’ community.
PAL CANADA leads the way in the planning and developing of affordable housing for unique community of arts and entertainment professionals. It has over the last 30 years garnered credibility and established a national reputation. It pioneered a volunteer assistance program called Supporting Cast, which is a group of volunteers who offer personal assistance to PAL members so that they can continue to lead meaningful, independent lives in their own homes. These services may include: assistance in dealing with community agencies and health care providers, rides to medical appointments, running errands and light housekeeping. Supporting Cast volunteers may offer companionship and a friendly sympathetic ear, but also serve to check in with members who are on their own. Depending on the chapter, they may also organize weekly or monthly group activities that allow solitary members to get together with their peers. Establishing a Supporting Cast type of organization is usually the first step in founding a PAL Chapter and exemplifies, in practical terms, the PAL motto: "Caring for Senior and Disadvantaged Members of Canada's Arts and Entertainment Community”.