U.S. visitors flooded immigration website prior to election night crash, department confirms

As Donald Trump emerged as the winner of the American presidential campaign Tuesday night, 100,000 people in the Unites States visited Canada's immigration website, contributing to a crash.

200,000 users on website when it crashed, compared to 17,000 during same time previous week

Berkeley High student Moria Godes at a protest in response to the election of Republican Donald Trump as president of the United States in Berkeley, Calif., on Nov. 9, 2016. (Elijah Nouvelage/Reuters)

It seems Donald Trump really did send them running to Canada. Or at least got them thinking about it.

As the businessman and former reality TV star emerged as the winner of the American presidential campaign Tuesday night, 100,000 people in the Unites States visited Canada's immigration website, contributing to a crash.

The following day, thousands gathered across the U.S. to protest the president-elect, whose divisive campaign took aim at immigrants, Muslims and women who accused him of sexual assault.

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada confirmed that visitors from the U.S. made up half the traffic on its website when it "started to experience difficulties" around 11 p.m. on Nov. 8. The usual proportion of visitors from the U.S. ranges from 8.8 to 11.6 per cent.

In total, 200,000 users were on the website when it crashed, compared to 17,000 users at the same time the previous week.

This is the error message received on the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada website for several hours following the election of Donald Trump. (Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada)

At the time of the crash, 37 per cent of visitors were in Canada, three per cent in Australia and one per cent in the United Kingdom.

Those who tried to visit the website after it crashed and received a server error message were not counted in the total.

The spike in visitors combined with technical difficulties led to the crash, the department said.

The website was back up and running around 8:30 a.m. on Nov. 9.