I wrote to Buffalo asking about the AOR, lokk what I've got:
Permanent resident applications are created in our database and
acknowledge letters are sent to the applicant within approximately 30
of receipt based on existing volumes. Until an application is
created in our database and an acknowledgment letter has been sent we
are unable to respond to inquires.
Any application submitted without the required documents and
information will be returned to the applicant.
Canadian Consulate General Buffalo
I want to think they meant 3 months and somebody misspelled that...