Parents of students and other volunteers came together to paint the school, 50 minutes away from downtown Montreal, during the students’ week off as a surprise for their return.
The CCQ, responding to a complaint, stopped the painting operation in the school and threatened the volunteers with a $200 fine for painting without a certification or license.
“Never will I make those people pay that fine, for offering their time to help the children,” said Martin Thibert, mayor of Saint-Sébastien in a Facebook post.
Mayor Thibert says the project had a certified professional painter who offered his services pro bono but it still did not meet safety standards.
“I hope the person that sent out the complaint has a hard time sleeping at night and I promise I will find out who you are,” Thibert said.
According to Mayor Thibert, the CCQ said that the volunteer project was taking work away from a certified enterprise.
The school will now hire and pay the professional contractor that volunteered to paint the rest of the unfinished work.