After 10 years of working with a charity (whose head office is in Ontario but I live in BC), I was given 2 months notice

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Customer: Hi. After 10 years of working with a charity (whose head office is in Ontario but I live in BC), I was given 2 months notice that my position was being terminated. The only severance I get is the vacation days that are owed to me. Is this reasonable in view of 10 years with the organization?
JA: Was this retaliation? Or based on age, race, religion, gender, or disability?
Customer: Oh no, it was primarily based on financial cutbacks and restructuring made necessary by significant drop in donations, no doubt partially due to *****: What kind of workplace is this (private sector, public sector, etc.)? How many employees?
Customer: It is a national charity with 5 employees at the time of my dismissal. Only 2 positions were not cut.
JA: Have you talked to a lawyer about the termination?
Customer: That's why I am asking you.
JA: Is there anything else the Lawyer should know before I connect you? Rest assured that they'll be able to help you.
Customer: I am not looking for anything from the organization. It's just that those who are concerned about me have urged me to find out if it would be reasonable to expect more after 10 years of employment.
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Hello and Welcome to JustAnswer. My name is***** will be working on your question today and I am looking forward to our conversation.

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I know your question is important to you and I will be giving it the time and attention it deserves.

I am sorry to hear of this difficult situation.

Your legal right is to receive reasonable notice or pay in lieu of notice.
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.

Your best next step is to retain an employment lawyer.

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Does the province of jurisdiction make a difference? So if national office is in Ontario and I am in BC, are we subject to different employment regulations?
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Debra, Expert

The law is the same in both provinces in this area.

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Great. Thank you very much. That is helpful.
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You are very welcome.

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