Huge spike in U.S. web traffic before Canadian immigration site crash

OTTAWA — Newly released statistics show Canada’s citizenship and immigration website experienced a huge spike in web traffic from the U.S. just before it crashed on Tuesday, as results from the American presidential election were rolling in.

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada says there were more than 200,000 users accessing the site around 11 p.m. on election night and American IP addresses accounted for about half of that figure.

Spokeswoman Sonia Lesage says that doesn’t include users who tried to access the website but were unsuccessful, after receiving a server error message for instance.

She says the web traffic figures for Tuesday night — when the election results were starting to indicate a Donald Trump presidential victory — were significantly higher than the same time the previous week, when the website saw just over 17,000 users.

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