– Lee-Anne Goodman, The Canadian Press – Tues, 2 Dec, 2014:
… Terminal cancer patients, organ-transplant recipients and suicidal, debt-addled Canadians are among the 11,000 people waiting to have their appeals heard by Ottawa’s badly backlogged social security tribunal.
Federal government data obtained under the Access to Information Act shows 58 per cent of Canadians who applied for disability benefits last year were denied. The tribunal says that 68 per cent of appeals are successful.
Thus, out of every 100 applicants for CPP disability benefits, 58 will be denied and of those 58 on that list of unsuccessful applicants who have the resources and emotional wherewithal to appeal and stay the course through to a hearing – 5 years later – 68% will be awarded their benefits after all. …
For the full Goodman article see: https://ca.news.yahoo.com/social-security-tribunal-backlog-includes-terminally-ill-others-221406395.html