While he has no shortage of supporters, there are plenty of Americans who believe a Trump presidency is the worst outcome imaginable.
Many Trump opponents have threatened to immigrate to Canada from the United States. But will they make good on their threat if Trump wins the election? Read on to learn about the possible effects of a Trump presidency on Canadian immigration.
Cape Breton: A Refuge from The Donald
In February 2016, a Nova Scotia deejay launched a website welcoming American expats to Cape Breton Island in the event that Donald Trump becomes president of the US. While the website was tongue-in-cheek, there were many Americans who showed interest in the Canadian island. The site quickly reached the 10,000 visitor mark after its launch.
Even Prime Minister Justin Trudeau caught wind of the site. Nearly a month after the site’s launch, he joked about how beautiful Cape Breton is when addressing Trump’s controversial views on Muslims and immigration.
What Does It Take to Move to Canada from the US?
Does the prime minister’s laughing remark imply an endorsement of American emigration to the True North? If you’re a US citizen, don’t expect Canada’s immigration laws to suddenly change to welcome its southern neighbours.
The situation is sunny for certain Americans. Thanks to NAFTA (much loathed by Trump), professionals such as doctors, lawyers and architects with a Canadian job offer in hand who want to temporarily relocate here will have an easy time.
What if you’re not a trained professional, and no Canadian organization has made you a job offer? A spouse, parent, or dependent child would need to sponsor you. Another way to immigrate to Canada is to apply as a skilled worker in a category that’s in high demand in Canada.