Canadian Immigration Website Crashes as Trump Presidency Becomes Reality

Google searches dealing with moving to Canada spike significantly during a long night of vote-counting in the United States.

Supporters of U.S. Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton react at her election night rally in Manhattan, New York, U.S., November 8, 2016.
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The website of the Canadian immigration authority crashed on Tuesday night as the election trend in favor of Donald Trump became apparent, according to various news sites and reports on Twitter.

In addition, analysis of data from Google Trends showed significant spikes in the search term "move to Canada" during the course of Tuesday night, particularly when Trump's victories in Florida and Ohio were confirmed, according to a report in the Guardian.

The Canadian immigration site went down at about 10:30 P.M Eastern Time and is currently still down. An alternative website seemed to be functioning normally however.

The Canadian government has not responded to the outage.

Canada appeared to encourage the American interest in immigration in a tweet from the country's official account posted at 4:00 A.M. on Wednesday morning. "In Canada, immigrants are encouraged to bring their cultural traditions with them and share them with their fellow citizens," the tweet read.

Moving to live in Canada involves applying to get permanent residency in the country. There are a range of different types of citizenship, most of which stipulate that people come for work or live there with their family.

Immigration to Canada to escape a Trump presidency has been an undercurrent among opponents of the president-elect throughout the election campaign. In February, the island of Cape Breton on Canada’s Atlantic coast marketed itself as a tranquil refuge for Americans seeking to escape, should Trump capture the White House.

And on a small island at the eastern end of the Canadian province of Nova Scotia, the Farmer's Daughter Country Market is currently offering two free acres of land and a job for people who relocate.