I asked the lady on the phone to book me for the soonest available appointment at any location and she straight out lied to me. She said, and I quote, "Yes, November 17th will be it, there's no other appointments available elsewhere before then". This was at 1 27pm today and now I can see others getting booked at various other locations earlier than my appointment that were called after.Unfortunately I didn't have time to ask questions as I was in a work meeting when they called. I am Downtown but appointments were towards the end of November and I wanted to get it over with, so will go to Richmond. Apprently Richmond and Abbs aren't as full, but still booked up 2 weeks ahead.
This whole process has highlighted the sheer incompetence of Service Canada and mismanagement of the process by IRCC. That's the last I'll say of it as I try and remain positive and thankful that at least I have a confirmed appointment now.
Here's hoping you all get your calls soon so you can be put out of your misery!