I have had several messages concerning the time lines at Canada Pension Plan. I am not talking about the horrendus delays at the Social Security Tribunal, but rather the adjudication and processing times at Canada Pension Plan disability.
These timelines are for adjudication on initial applications as well as time lines for adjudication on reconsideration appeals.
I confirmed with Service Canada today that the time lines are 26 weeks. That means it is taking over six months for a decision on a CPP disability application or appeal.
Okay so I know from the Freedom of Information requests that I have made that the denial rate on initial is around 62%. That means that it is going to take over six months for 6 out of 10 of you to be told that you are denied. And of those people who go on to appeal, it is going to take another six months before you receive a decision on the appeal - and if you are denied again - well then you are at the Social Security Tribunal.
From the information that I have read and have here in my office, there is a memorandum that notes that the Social Security Tribunal does not expect to be able to manage this backlog until 2017. In fact I quote from a Memorandum to the Minister of Employment and Social Development from the Social Security Tribunal dated February 2014 states "Based on the early assumptions, the transferred inventory and newly acquired inventory (the backlog) would be eliminated at the earliest by 2017."
So there you go folks. Please get help with your applications and your reconsideration appeals. This is no joke.
Please contact the office if you need help.