As election approaches, number of Americans looking for jobs in Canada spikes

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The number of Americans searching for jobs in Canada has increased a whopping 58 percent since last year. And some are speculating it’s because of the especially rough election season.

Jobs posting platform Monster Worldwide saw 30,296 job queries on its website using the keyword “Canada” between January and October of this year, a jump from the 19,693 in all of 2015.

The job title most searched for by Americans looking to work in Canada was engineers. American job seekers were looking in Ontario, specifically the city of Toronto, followed by the provinces of Alberta andBritish Columbia.

The authors of the Monster report set out to explore the hypothesis that the scandal-ridden presidential election cycle was actually driving citizens, especially white-collar workers, to consider moving up north.

Their numbers support it.

Searches increased 58 percent over the last year

Breaking Bad star Bryan Cranston recently said he would consider moving to Canada if Donald Trump, the Republican nominee, wins. Rapper Ne-Yo also said he would consider moving up north if Trump wins, adding that he and Drake, who is Canadian, would be neighbors.

Malcolm Gladwell, Canadian best-selling author, recently told CNBC that if he were to write a book about this year’s U.S. presidential election, the title would be “I’m heading home.”

Although the median income is actually higher up north, and despite Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s recent joke about accepting unhappy Americans post-election, moving to Canada might not be the best money move overall, CNBC explains.

For starters, hiring an attorney to facilitate the legal process of becoming a Canadian citizen can run you anywhere from $4,000 to $7,000. Filing for taxes will almost certainly be more complicated. And moving your belongings internationally could cost you upwards of $20,000.

Then there is the weather: winters in Canada are, on average,significantly colder than in the U.S.

But so far, at least, nervous workers are not deterred.

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