First Living Wage scenery maker in BC
GNW Scene Shop is the first organization in British Columbia’s theatre industry to signify its commitment to ending working poverty, by paying all its staff and contracted workers a Living Wage
The Great Northern Way Scene Shop provides custom scenery and fabrication for theatre, dance, opera, trade shows and architecture projects.
“If you visit our shop, you'll see table saws and paint cans, of course. But it's our values and dedication to community -- the cultural community, in particular -- that define "what we do." Joining the Living Wage campaign is an extension of that, along with sustainability and environmental awareness. We are proud to be a leader in these endeavors. ” Elia Kirby, CEO & Principal of GNW Scene Shop
Certifying as a Living Wage Employer is a voluntary commitment employers make to invest in their communities and local economies. There are over 200 Living Wage Employers in BC, with over 25,000 employees who don’t need to worry about how they will afford rent, food and other essentials for their family because they are guaranteed to earn a Living Wage.
“We’re delighted that GNW Scene Shop has committed to paying their staff a Living Wage. We hope that this will help set the scene for others within the industry to join the Living Wage movement. Paying a Living Wage is good for the employer, the employee and the local community.” Anastasia French, Living Wage for Families Campaign Organizer.