Google searches for "how to move to Canada" started spiking just before midnight on Election night. At 12:04 a.m. and again at 3:16 a.m. on Wednesday morning, Google reported major surges in the search term.
The top five states most interested in moving to Canada were Oregon, Washington, Nevada, Minnesota and California. The state of Florida didn't show up in the top 25 regions searching for "how to move to Canada."
When users Googled the phrase, they then turned to "Canadian citizenship" which sent them to the Canadian immigration website. The high amount of traffic to the website, ultimately caused it to crash and it has been spotty most of the morning.
The website has been going in and out ever since the results started rolling in. As of 5:45 a.m., the site was up and running but loading very slowly.
Social media users made fun of the site crashing after the election results rolled in.
Congrats, America, you crashed the Canadian immigration website. #LordHelpUsAll
— Alisha (@nolatulip) November 9, 2016
I was gonna write this as a joke but found out it was real. "The Canada Citizenship and Immigration site crashed around 8 PM" #electionnight
— Ben Schwartz (@rejectedjokes) November 9, 2016
— Ivan Ideavich (@Bullonski) November 9, 2016
So The Canadian Immigration website has crashed... ? BRUH pic.twitter.com/H9Fcr1eYRE
— Kyle Edwards ? (@KyleEdwards) November 9, 2016
Canadian immigration website goes down as U.S. election results roll in https://t.co/hvYTPnRe4Z
— David Cleevely (@DavidCleevely) November 9, 2016
Why y'all crashing the Canadian Immigration website ?? Chill.... pic.twitter.com/8ncuiK0gfW
— DJ Akademiks (@IamAkademiks) November 9, 2016
My American/Canadian wife theorizes the Canadian Immigration website didn't crash, but that they simply turned it off.
— Neil Zeller (@Neil_Zee) November 9, 2016