But how serious are Americans about relocating to the Great White North?
Some — like 59-year-old Mary McAndrew and her partner of five years, Julie Siri, 67 — have already started the immigration process.
When Trump began to rise up the ranks of the Republican Party, though, she and Siri started to seriously consider their options.
“We feel that whether he is elected president or not, the U.S. has forever changed for the worse,” said McAndrew.
“It’s now not just O.K. to openly hate others and make fun of people we don’t understand — it’s actually rewarded and appreciated.”
Though they haven’t personally experienced any discrimination “yet,” McAndrew admits they didn’t attend a vigil for the victims of the Orlando shooting because they worried there might be violence against members of the gay community.
She says fear has consumed the country.
This past August, McAndrew brought Siri to check out Toronto. It was her first time in Canada.
“She loved it. The people, the safety, the resources, people’s attitudes, our sense of humor and our priorities to live life fully. We’re refreshing to her.”
The two are about to put their California home on the market and look for a condo in Toronto, where they hope to live by the summer.
McAndrew is fortunate enough to have a Canadian citizenship, with which she can sponsor Siri. Friends of theirs haven’t been as lucky.
“I think people have already resigned themselves. Either they’re going to stick it out, or they’re already looking to get out.”
America’s Google searches for “move to Canada” were also 1.2 times higher during the 2004 election cycle than in 2016.