PAL Vancouver was co-founded by Vancouver actor Joy Coghill and theatre director Jane Heyman in 2001, incorporated as a non-profit society in 2002, and became a registered charity in 2004. Later that year, PAL received final approval for the development and lease of an affordable housing project at the foot of Georgia Street beside Vancouver’s famed Stanley Park.
On May 29, 2006, PAL Vancouver welcomed its first overjoyed residents into a brand-new eight-story social housing and theatre complex. Since then we have continued to build our community of performing arts enthusiasts, host events in our Studio Theatre, and expand the rooftop garden patio that is both a refuge and delight for our residents.
Demand for PAL-style residences continues to grow across the country. PAL Vancouver is currently examining a number of different options to expand the range of support we are able to provide to the artistic community.