Worker classification has become a major source of conflict in Canadian employment law. Most media attention in this regard has been given to classification disputes by gig workers (such as the case of whether Uber drivers are employees or contractors). But even outside of the gig economy, classification-related class actions against businesses of all types have been on the rise.
Cases from Western Canada seem to support the proposition that CERB payments are deductible while the older cases from Eastern Canada tend to go the other way.
In Reotech Construction Ltd. v. Snider, BCSC 317, Justice Fleming, sitting on appeal from a decision of the Provincial Court, found that the trial judge erred when the Court failed to deduct the $9,000 CERB payment received by the Plaintiff from the damage award.