Canada’s immigration website crashed as Americans watched Donald Trump take the lead in the US election.
Searches for “move to Canada” and “immigrate to Canada” spiked immediately election returns started favouring the Republican nominee.
The website for Citizenship and Immigration Canada was down at the same time, and has suffered several outages since then.
Amid financial markets mayhem in the wake of Trump’s shocking victory, reaction across the world started pouring in.
The head of Russia’s sovereign wealth fund said Trump’s victory would reduce geopolitical confrontations.
“A less confrontational US foreign policy will unlock major opportunities for joint (Russia-US) trade and investment,” said Kirill Dmitriev.
This is coming at a time when the Canadian authorities agreed to increase economic immigration quota to 300,000 per annum.
The number of immigrants admitted under the economic category is expected to increase to 172,500 in 2017 — from 160,600 in 2016.
Checks by TheCable showed that the site was coming on and off with a very slow response time.