The Royal Winnipeg Ballet v. The Minister of National Revenue

Date Closed

March 02, 2006

Lead Office


On March 2, 2006, the Federal Court of Appeal overturned the finding of the Tax Court of Canada that dancers engaged by The Royal Winnipeg Ballet are employees and not independent contractors and therefore that the company is liable to pay contributions under the Canada Pension Plan Act and premiums under the Employment Insurance Act

McCarthy Tétrault LLP represented the  Royal Winnipeg Ballet with a team led by Harry Underwood.