If you’ve ever been fined for some kind of infraction before, you know that a ticket has the power to ruin your entire day. But, at least we now know that some Canadian cities are holding themselves to the same standards as everyone else.
In a shocking display of accountability, the City of Guelph, Ont., just fined itself $1,125 under the Ontario Building Code Act after it completed construction work at a community centre without a building permit. The city had in fact applied for the permit, but it had not been received by the time shovels were in the ground. Guelph officials say that once they learned of the error, they closed the construction site and conducted a full inspection.
In a sense, that means the city both won and lost this case at the same time.
“The City of Guelph has always held its own facilities to the same rigorous standards as other buildings in the city,” said Scott Stewart, Deputy CAO Infrastructure, Development and Enterprise in a press release. “A violation of the Building Code Act is a serious matter. As soon as we learned of this situation the City took action to ensure the safety of facility patrons. Then we launched an investigation and responded.”
Honestly, folks, this would only ever happen in Canada.
Don’t be fooled, either, Guelph’s $1,125 fine won’t be paid back to the city. Instead, it will go to the provincial government. So rest assured, friends: they will feel the financial sting.
This occasion marks the city’s first fine of this type. On the plus side, however, the change room at the West End Community Centre is now open to the public once again.
Unless, you know, they find anything else to fine themselves over.