On election day, just as the results were beginning to lean in favor of the Republican candidate, social media users noticed that Canada's immigration website was down – presumably due to high site traffic.
Canada’s immigration website has actually crashed on #ElectionNight https://t.co/8hZg34IMTT pic.twitter.com/PaGbK97IlY — BuzzFeed (@BuzzFeed) November 9, 2016
At around the same time, it was reported that searches for the word "emigrate" suddenly spiked.
I think if Trump wins, it will be like brexit, there is no one will know what to do. #usvote #USElection2016 pic.twitter.com/kTTg4ZoJ1a — Andrei (@dobry_hlopec) November 9, 2016
Americans also began tweeting their intentions – whether serious or just half-meant – to leave the US in favor of their northern neighbor.
I am LITERALLY SHAKING and crying, trump won IM LITERALLY TERRIFIED FOR MY LIFE, literally LEAVING TO CANADA — Dolan J. Trunp (@NFKRZAlt) November 9, 2016 Donald Trump Making Canada look REALLY great again. — UnapologeticCanadian (@darrinfb) November 9, 2016 i woke up at 3am and suddenly trump is our new president i'll see yall in canada hmu — emma RuizdeChavez (@spicymejicana) November 9, 2016 Mexicans and Muslim Americans right now towards Mexico and Canada... #Trump #TrumpWins pic.twitter.com/hn4LrjKpOJ — #FreeKingDalindyebo (@Spiwo) November 9, 2016
It didn't take long for some Canadians to start using the hashtag #ComeToCanada.
To all my American friends/refugees - I have three spare bedrooms. #cometocanada #ElectionNight — Christina Jones (@XtinaJones) November 9, 2016 Canada is amazing. LGBT rights, ethnic diversity and freedom, our neighbors lost their way, let's welcome their children #ComeToCanada — Dirtrocker (@Starsguitarscar) November 9, 2016 When an internet meme is about to become your 45th president... #rip #usa #cometocanada — Justice Lee Niccolls (@JayNiccolls) November 9, 2016 If Trump wins, I say Canada develop an open door immigration policy for Americans of colour and queer folks. #ElectionDay #USElection2016 — Chris Dart (@ChrisDartCOTF) November 9, 2016 We're starting up a new underground railway. I think a lot of folks are going to be unwelcome in the new US. #ComeToCanada https://t.co/lBoELPFK4z — Jen Frankel (@jenfrankel) November 9, 2016 Just feel like I need to take in and care for all the Americans who didn't want this outcome #ElectionNight #cometocanada #sorryforyou #hug? — Natalieklenke (@Natalieklenke1) November 9, 2016 Hello women, minority's, LGBT and anyone who has been attacked by Trump. You're always welcome in #Canada we accept you #ElectionNight — Adam Kelly (@AdamKelly72) November 9, 2016 "Give me your tired, your liberal, your LGBTQ+ and your women, your POC yearning to breathe free.” — Canada, right now. #Election2016 — Owen Laukkanen (@owenlaukkanen) November 9, 2016 Never been more #thankful to be #Canadian. #PrayForUSA #cometocanada — Stephanie Bergen (@Mama23Angels) November 9, 2016
Prominent personalities who have spoken out about leaving the US should Trump win have been urged to actually do it.
These Lovely Celebs Promised To Leave If Trump Was Elected. Enjoy Them Canada. #MAGA #ElectionDay pic.twitter.com/DqbxQskq2n — Jordan MAGA3X™ (@Miami4Trump) November 9, 2016
Celebrities like Lena Dunham, Bryan Cranston, Amy Schumer, Barbra Streisand, and Ne-Yo, among others, previously said they would leave if Trump gets elected president.
10,000 private jets full of celebrities are currently flying to Canada to fulfill their promise to leave the country if Trump wins. #ByeBye — BASEMENT BERNER (@CATS_PAWS) November 9, 2016 @gabeAlfassy IF HE WERE TO BE ELECTED,IM MOVING TO JUPITER — Cher (@cher) June 16, 2015 Yes . That is a tear rolling down my cheek dripping off the end of my nose..... This makes me so unbelievable scared and sad.... Not only for our country but for animals that I love more than anything in this world.... My heart is broken into a 100000 pieces ..... I think I may vomit .... That picture on the right is so disturbing.... YOU are not destiny! It is not your job to decide when a living things life is over .... & YOU DT ARE NOT GOD NO MATTER HOW MUCH YOU THINK YOU ARE!!! (& if he doesn't think he is "God" he thinks he is the fucking chosen one or some shit! We're all just fucking jam between his rich ass toes! Honestly fuck this shit I am moving if this is my president! I don't say things I don't mean! ) A photo posted by Miley Cyrus (@mileycyrus) on Mar 2, 2016 at 6:07am PST Looking for a great realtor in Canada. — Josh Gad (@joshgad) November 9, 2016 In other related news: Flights to Canada are really cheap — Brittany Snow (@Brittanysnow) November 9, 2016
One man, however, doesn't think Canada is far enough.
You think running away to Canada will save you all.. Trump is just gonna turn us into a parking lot for his jets. @elonmusk I'm in for Mars. — Nick (@Nick28T) November 9, 2016
For Americans who do leave, they won't have to worry about cold, lonely Canadian nights. Here's an amusing tweet that could help them find love.
Are you single ... and didn't vote for Trump? This dating site will help you find love in Canada. https://t.co/NIKIY4hycr — AJ+ (@ajplus) November 9, 2016
This man, meanwhile, is the exception – he refuses to leave America for the land famous for its maple syrup.
I am not moving to Canada, not surprised by white supremacists & misogynists, and not afraid of Donald Trump. We have got to get to work. — Anil Dash (@anildash) November 9, 2016
Whether or not Canada does get an influx of immigrants from the US remains to be seen, but it's at least comforting that the Americans seem to be welcome there.