Some of the celebrities who had promised to leave the country if Trump won the presidency include Lena Dunham, Miley Cyrus, Kesha, Cher, Bryan Cranston, Barbra Streisand, Stephen King and Ne-Yo. In fact, so far today, it is business as usual.
But in the reality of the light of day markets have opened as if it were just another trading day.
The 1994 North American Free Trade Agreement (Nafta) binds 530 million consumers in Canada, the United States and Mexico.
Kay does see Trump's election potentially affecting Canada's population in a few specific areas, such as worldwide students and tech workers - two groups Waterloo Region already knows pretty well. "The more we can diversify, the more leverage we will have".
Adding another potential, but unlikely wrinkle to the emigration puzzle is whether a refugee claim could be made if Trump proceeds with some on his campaign promises concerning reproductive rights, same-sex unions, health care and any other issues that could open the door to a human rights challenge. Officials from the ministry have not commented on the reason for the outages, but social media users were quick to take note.
Data from Google Trends also suggested searches for "move to Canada" spiked significantly during the night as Trump victories unfolded in key battle states such as Florida and Ohio. Celebrities like Amy Schumer, Cher, and Barbra Streisand have all said they would abandon the US if Trump won, but the sudden, massive burst of interest in Canadian immigration shows that they are not alone.
"I think any agreement can be improved", said McNaughton in a conference call with reporters, although he wouldn't go into details on Canada's position.
"He won MI and OH and will do what's needed to protect the auto workers in that part of the country". Instead, he warned that any intervention would be contingent on allies shouldering their fair share of the defence burden. "It will demand proof that Canada is not threatening North American security by admitting such refugees; it may even demand change".
Other world leaders followed suit, some more reluctant than others. "And we tend to send our soldiers out. We'll see what it means in terms of the auto sector moving forward and investments across the border". If I can't make a great deal, we're going to tear it up. "One of the things that I think is very likely in a Trump administration is that the Obama commitment to climate change and global warming will be on a very diminished path under a Trump administration", Ross said.
- With files from Alex Panetta in Washington, D.C.