If the presidential election has you seriously eyeing a move to the Great White North, you may have some competition. And Canadians, brace yourself for a new wave of immigrants if Donald Trump wins the presidency.
The number of Americans searching for jobs in Canada is already up 58 percent from last year, according to job site Monster.com. The top occupations Americans searched for in Canada were in engineering and information technology, with accounting, banking, sales and human resources positions also proving popular.
Although there’s no evidence the surge is directly related to election season, its timing leaves little to the imagination.
While the site gets more than 69 million job inquiries every month, a spokesman for Monster still called the spike “striking.”
But for those who have been fretfully tuned into this year’s controversial election season, the dramatic hike can’t be that surprising. Celebrities and social media users abound have vowed to leave the country if Republican nominee Donald Trump wins and Google searches for “move to Canada” have been on the rise.
Until now, however, “fewer than 9,000 Americans emigrate north each year,” reported Fortune’s Chris Matthews.
Good thing the Canadian government recently approved a 7.4 percent increase in the number of immigrants it will take in 2017. That means a total of 172,500 people – including skilled workers and maybe even you – will be allowed in through the country’s economic programs.
Best start polishing up that resume.
Banner image: DECEMBER 14, 2015: Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at campaign event at Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino the day before the CNN Republican Presidential Debate (Joseph Sohm / Shutterstock.com)