Queries spiked from Americans looking to move starting Wednesday morning
American interest in a $10 lot buying program in Manitoba, Canada, has increased since Tuesday night.
The rural village of Reston sells lots for 10 CAD (less than $7.50 USD) to encourage people to move and build in the small community. Tanis Chalmers, economic development officer for the Pipestone municipality, said her office received six inquiries from Americans on Wednesday morning, and a slew of new Facebook likes, CBC reports.
While six inquires in one morning may not seem like a lot—it was far more than the one inquiry per day her office receives on average, according to the CBC.
Chalmers said that the U.S. election results are motivating the queries about moving across the border. “Especially when they are specifically saying, ‘I’m from America. I’m looking to move to Canada.’ You can’t help but not think that that is what it is about,” Chalmers told CBC.
The Canadian immigration site did, after all, crash under the weight of all the demand as the vote results came in. “In a way I’m not surprised,” Chalmers said, the CBC reports.
However, for those interested, purchasing the lot is not as simple as becoming a landowner for a few dollars. The lots require a $1,000 deposit, $990 of which is returned when you build a house or move onto the land. Canadian citizenship does not come included.