Bryan Cranston. Lena Dunham. Raven Symone.
What do they have in common?
They have all said that they would move to Canada if Donald Trump wins the Presidency.
As it turns out, it’s not just celebrities ready to cross the border into the land of our Northern neighbors. According to Monster.com, keyword searches originating in the U.S. show that quite a few people are considering moving to Canada.
Searches that include the word “Canada” rose 58% this past year moving from 19,693 in 2015 to 30,296 through October 2016.
The most popular province for American job seekers is Ontario but Toronto, Canada’s most populous city, is the most widely-searched Canadian city. Monster reports that 3,000 Americans are searching for jobs there. After Ontario, Monster.com found that the next most popular provinces for Americans looking to flee the U.S. are Alberta and British Columbia.
What Skills Will Be Losing
If the job searches turn into gold, Monster found that engineering is the most popular field for job searches and jobs for civil engineers, mechanical engineers, software engineers and chemical engineers consisted of more than 2,000 of this year’s searches.
Salespeople, bankers, and HR professionals also make up a significant number of the Americans who are at least considering living in Canada.
How Do You Move to Canada?
Not surprisingly, Google searches of “how to move to Canada” has been rising as well.
If you’re serious about moving to Canada, you’ll have to start with the Canadian government’s citizenship and immigration website but the site has been overwhelmed recently with inquiries.
After you gain access to the site, you must scroll to the bottom of the page to a link that asks “Do you want to come to Canada?” This will lead you to a short survey that determines your eligibility for their various immigration programs.
If you do qualify, you’ll have to submit an application form, along with a processing fee of 490 Canadian dollars (or about US$365) as well as all supporting documentation to Canada’s immigration office.
To maintain your permanent resident status once you’ve moved, you’ll have to live in Canada for at least two of the next five years. And if you decide you love it so much that you want to become a citizen, you’ll have to live there for six years before you can apply. You must also be physically present in the country for at least four years.
So there you have it.
You know, somehow I think that America and Americans will survive no matter who wins the election but what about you?
Would you move to Canada?
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Johnston Osburn is a Career and Life Coach who helps people turn dreams into realities. After years as a Global Talent Acquisition Professional, she realized how frequently people limit themselves because they lack belief in their abilities. They are afraid to dream, let alone dream big. [...]