Here’s how Maple Match, the dating app that connects Americans with Canadians, works
U.S. citizens looking to make a move north of the border after Tuesday night’s election may want to consider an avenue more romantic than bureaucratic: marrying a Canadian.
That’s the idea behind Maple Match, a Tinder-style dating app for Americans wanting to flee President Trump (though, the way it’s set up, it’ll also work for Canadians looking to marry into a U.S. green card). Here’s how the app, which uses the slogan “make dating great again,” works.
At first, Maple Match is just like any other dating app: you sign up, add a few photos, indicate your gender (though this field can be left blank) and your preferred gender in a partner. That’s where the similarities end: the next thing Maple Match asks is your citizenship, as well as your desired citizenship in a partner.
Next, it’s off to the races. There’s no swiping on Maple Match, so if you see someone (or some passport) you like, you can message them straightaway. On my trial run of the app, there were very few American men proffering their citizenship as a dowry—though there was, for whatever reason, a disproportionate number of Swedes.
Next, in order to more accurately determine matches, Maple Match has set up a number of surveys on subjects such as “habits,” “beliefs” and, yes, “politics.” Answering questions—like if you support same-sex marriage, and whether or not you’d date someone who voted for Trump—will more accurately whittle down your potential mates: the more you tell Maple Match about your ideological dealbreakers, the more targeted your matches will be.
Maple Match, which is based in the States, launched in May but saw a massive surge in new users following Tuesday night’s election results. The makers of the app are selling branded tees to help fund development, and they’re “urgently” hiring new staff.