Yesterday, we suggested that disgruntled liberal Americans should follow through on their threats to move to Canada. Well, it seems that many are seriously considering taking us up on the offer. As the presidential election results poured in last night, visits from the US to Workopolis increased by 237% over the course of three hours.

Looking at it hour by hour, visits from the US were already up 179% in the hour before 11 PM ET, compared to the same time period the day before. As midnight approached, they were 205% higher than the same time on Monday, and they continued to climb as the result of the election became clear.

In the hour after midnight, the amount of visits from the US to Workopolis was 384% higher than it had been during the same period the night before.

If you think all Americans needed was some sleep, think again: this surge in US visitors has carried over to this morning. At 6 AM today US traffic was up 105% compared to the same time period on Tuesday, and it has continued to increase throughout the morning, with:

  • The 7 AM hour 138% higher than the day prior
  • The 8 AM hour up 147%
  • The 9 AM hour up 148%
  • The 10 AM 122% higher than the same hour yesterday

Here is a visual snap shot of hourly visits from the US to Workopolis, starting from 9 PM on Tuesday night.

US traffic spike

This probably is not all that surprising considering that as the results of the election came in, the Citizenship and Immigration Canada’s website crashed. If you tried visiting the site around 11 PM ET on Tuesday, you would have seen the following error: “there is a problem with the resource you are looking for, and it cannot be displayed.”

According to a spokesperson for Citizenship and Immigration Canada, there were more than 200,000 users accessing the site at that time, with American IP addresses accounting for approximately 50% of the traffic. We were told that, on average, the percentage of users from American IP addresses ranges from 8.8% to 11.6%.

What does this all mean? It’s probably unlikely that we’ll see an influx of Americans moving north, but in the short-term, they’re certainly exploring the option. The bad news for them is that they might find getting a work permit much more challenging than they expected.