I applied for CPP back in January (Date received by CPP January 18, 2020) as I have struggled with anxiety, PTSD, insomnia and depression for many years and have a lengthy medical history with respect to it. I put in a tremendous amount of effort to keep gainful employment however because of my illness could never maintain any kind of job.
At the end of March I received a phone call from CPP advising that they had received my application and that I did Meet the basic requirements. They confirmed that they did have my full application and my doctor’s records.
The Medical Adjudicator called today And asked me a few basic questions regarding my condition. Wanting to know if it has changed at all in the past couple of months, which it has not and if I ever expected to return to work full time which I do not. I advised at the most I would be able to do maybe in a couple of years is volunteer or casual employment.
She was very nice and understanding. I did ask her if she believed I was eligible for CPP pension and she said that that was why she was calling as she has not yet made her decision. I wondered if this is something that she could not divulge at that point in time. She did say that the good news was that she was the " end of the line" quote and so a decision would be made quite soon And that “if” I was approved it would then go to the benefits department and they would issue the appropriate payments. She also said that at this point she could request more information from my doctor if needed but that she may not necessarily need to do that. Again, she did indicate that the decision should be made quite soon.
Can anyone weigh in on approximately how long it might take from a call with the medical adjudicator before a decision is made? I would appreciate if someone could share their experience(s) dealing with the medical adjudicator and the outcome.
Lastly, I just want to encourage everyone who is waiting for their application to be processed - Especially with the extended processing application times as of late - That the applications are moving along and that it is possible to have an answer within a reasonable amount of time. They received my application at the end of January and hopefully will be a decision quite soon putting it at approximately 4-5 Months from beginning to end.