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Moving To Canada: Government's Immigration Site Crashed On U.S. Election Night

09/11/2016 10:32 AM IST | Updated 10/11/2016 9:38 PM IST
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UPDATE - Nov. 9, 2016: More than 200,000 users were trying to access the site when the Canadian immigration site crashed on U.S. election night, said a government spokeswoman.

Sonia Lesage told The Huffington Post Canada that American IP addresses accounted for 50 per cent of the traffic, compared to a normal range of 8.8 to 11.6 per cent.

At the same time, traffic from Canadian IP addresses was at 37 per cent, followed by Australia at three per cent and U.K. at one per cent.

In comparison, the same period last week saw just over 17,000 visitors, she said.

This is what the Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) website looked like on Tuesday night.

cic website

What else was happening on Tuesday night as the CIC site crashed? Donald Trump appeared to be heading to victory as U.S. president.

At the same time, searches for one-way flights to Canada spiked, according to CheapFlights.com..

one way canada flights

Searches for "moving to Canada" also peaked on Google:

moving to canada

American searches for the term "emigrate" also spiked, according to The Telegraph:

All that interest must be because of this very effective tweet from the Government of Canada as the U.S. election results rolled in:

Well played, Canada. Well played.

- With files from Althia Raj

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