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Are you saying they offered you notice instead of pay in lieu of notice?
The law is that you are entitled to receive reasonable notice or pay in lieu of notice or a combination.Generally, in determining what is reasonable notice Courts look at several factors including the length of time you worked for the employer, your age, your position, the likelihood of finding new employment etc.At the high end, if you were in a managerial position, the Court would likely order one month's notice or pay in lieu of notice for each year of employment. If you were not in a managerial position the Court would order somewhat less.
So 8 weeks is not enough and that's quite clear.
But they can give you working notice or pay or a combination.
It sounds to me that your next step should be to consult with a lawyer face to face.
You can contact the Law Society and use their Lawyer Referral Service. You will be given the name of a lawyer and can consult with the lawyer and the first half hour will be free.The number is:1-***-***-**** or(###) ###-####(within the GTA)