In the wake of the election, lots of people are looking to move to Canada. So many people, in fact, that the Canadian immigration website crashed from too much traffic the night of the election. It really seems like people are going to flee America because they don't like having Donald Trump as President. I have a secret to tell you though:
It's not going to happen. It never happens. People said they would leave in 2008 when Barack Obama was elected, and it didn't happen. People said they would leave in 2000 when George W. Bush was elected, and it didn't happen. Sure, a handful of people may follow through on it, but in general, mass immigration just doesn't happen, for one very simple reason: immigrating to Canada is difficult and expensive.
First, you need to find out whether you're eligible to immigrate here. There's a form for that. The second page of the form asks why you want to come to Canada, and "Fleeing my home country" isn't on it. If you haven't taken a language test for English, you won't be eligible for express entry, and you'll have to go the long way around. That means if you don't have any job prospects already lined up, you probably won't be able to immigrate. There's another list of immigration requirements and restrictions here.
Suppose you do meet those requirements, and you're allowed to immigrate to Canada. Hooray! Now what? Well, after receiving your Visa, now you need to pick up your life and physically move it. If you have a house, you need to sell it so you can have money. If you have stuff, you either need to pack it up and bring it with you, or sell it, or put it in storage. If you have kids, good luck explaining to them what's going on and why they'll never see their friends again. You need to arrange for a place to stay while in Canada. And you'll need to find work, which is scarce enough as it is up here at the moment.
Everything I've discussed above is not only difficult and expensive, but time-consuming. And usually, in the time it takes for that stuff to happen, people notice that the world isn't imploding around them. The new President didn't nuke Madagascar, taxes didn't triple overnight, and no walls are going up anywhere. And then people lose interest in moving, because it's not that bad after all, and "there's always next time." People talk a big game when it comes to fleeing America after "the wrong person" is elected, but it never happens.
"But DiMono, didn't you say you'd move to the UK if Stephen Harper was re-elected?"
I did say that. And I would have done it, over Bill C-51. Bill C-51 is a bill that restricts Canadian rights and freedoms in the name of preventing terrorist attacks (because, you know, all the terror attacks that Canada receives). Among other things, it criminalizes criticizing the government online. So if I say "Prime Minister Harper is a turd sandwich and all his policies are garbage," that's a crime. And that's not Canada. With Harper in charge, C-51 stays in place. With him replaced, and a strong "by the people" movement called Open Media, there is now the ability to fix or repeal C-51. The TPP is still a problem though, and if it passes, I'll be looking at my options again.
The difference between Americans immigrating to Canada and me immigrating to the UK is that I'm already a UK citizen. All it takes for me to be eligible to immigrate there is to spend $400 to get my UK passport, and I'm good to go. All I have to do is pack a couple suitcases with what I need to survive, and buy a plane ticket. I've had my stuff in storage before, and I have no problem putting it there again. As well, I probably have someone I could stay with for a while until I get my own place, though I haven't discussed it with them to be sure. And since my job is web development, I can do my job from anywhere. I'm already set for immigration to the UK - most Americans are not already set for immigration to Canada.
So to people who say they're going to immigrate to Canada in the wake of Donald Trump being elected, statistically, no you're not. Your application will get rejected, or you'll lose interest, or you'll just decide to stick it out anyway and see what happens. And in 4 years, when the next election happens, a whole new group of people will do exactly the same thing. Because people talk a big game about moving, but when it comes right down to it, it just never happens.