UNITED STATES—The Canadian Immigration website crashed on Tuesday, November 8, after thousands of Americans overwhelmed it.
The website crashed around 11 p.m. when over 200,000 users were on the website, according to the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. Half of the sites visitors were from the United States at the time of the crash.
In a statement to CTV News spokeswoman for Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada Lisa Filipps said the website “became temporarily inaccessible to users as a result of a significant increase in the volume of traffic.”
Filipps stated, Americans normally make up 8.8 percent to 11.6 percent of the site’s traffic. Half of the sites visitors were from the Unites States at the time of the crash, while 37 percent were from Canada and the rest from Australia and the United Kingdom.
“Shared Services Canada worked through the night and continues to work to resolve the issue to ensure that the website is available to users as soon as possible,” said Filipps.
The website was back up on Wednesday morning after maintenance was completed.
According to a poll released on Mainstreet Research’s website on November 8, Canadians are not fond of the idea of easing immigration policies to allow a surge of American immigrants into the country.