I tried to have my file either transferred or activated shortly after I moved to Calgary. Regina did not do much. An officer from Pacific Division worked on it and eventually deferred me for one year! I don't know what would be the point of re-applying especially because I have to write the damn exam again!
The reason for deferral was my financial struggle with the company behind Future Shop Card. That took more than a year or so and eventually was settled down for as low as $260 but cost me a life-time opportunity that might not present itself again.