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Official government site detailing how to move to Canada remains offline after crashing as Trump took commanding election lead

Candian government immigration site still offline after crashing as Trump took commanding election lead

The official government website for Citizenship and Immigration Canada remains offline after crashing as the results of the US election rolled in on Tuesday night (8 November).

The website is the official resource for people looking to apply to live in or become a permanent citizen of the country, however access to the portal has been intermittent since late on Tuesday, when analysts began predicting a Trump victory in light of the first results from states like Kentucky, Indiana and Texas.

The government has yet to comment on the crash, but it's apparently down to an increased interest from US citizens in crossing the border as it become clearer that the former Apprentice host would win the vote over Hillary Clinton.

According to Google search queries in the US for 'how to move to Canada' saw a sharp surge around 5AM GMT, or midnight ET.

Brands and tourism boards have been having a bit of fun at the expense of Americans in the run up to the vote, including Critical Mass which ran a 'Move to Canada, Eh' campaign earlier this year.

Meanwhile, a tweet posted from Canada's official Twitter account appeared to take a dig at Trump voters on Tuesday night, taking a stance against the property tycoon's anti-immigrant rhetoric.

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