I'm wondering if anyone is planning on lodging an official complaint about this process? I work with someone who volunteers a bit with PEO and that was his suggestion (after your application has gone through...obvs).
I'm not sure if this has been mentioned before but there is actually legislation in Ontario regarding the application processes for professional organizations. One of the rights it is supposed to guarantee applicants is that applications are reviewed in a timely manner (https://www.ontario.ca/laws/statute/06f31#BK10). I'm not sure that there is much recourse if your professional organization does not appear to be complying with this, but it definitely gives us the right to send in a complaint and put some pressure on them. Cuz this is getting ridiculous and it seems to only be getting worse.
More info here: http://www.fairnesscommissioner.ca/index_en.php