Thank you for your question.
We were very lucky in Quebec, because at the beginning of the pandemic, the provincial government introduced a program to assist regional carriers called the Programme d'aide pour le maintien des services aériens régionaux essentiels en période d'urgence sanitaire. This helped us provide basic air service in some areas. Quite frankly, without that assistance program, I'm not sure we would be here talking about it today. It's a very good initiative. When we compare ourselves to the rest of the world and other parts of Canada, we feel very fortunate.
The approach in most other countries has been to introduce programs for the major airlines, anticipating that this support would have a spillover effect on regional carriers, which has not necessarily been the case in most countries.
In the United States, it's not at all the same in terms of the number of people to be served. It's also not the same from one province to another in Canada. In Quebec, at Pascan Aviation, we serve small communities of 10,000 to 15,000 people. Air transport is very different in Alberta, for example, which has connections between Edmonton and Calgary. Airlines serve 300,000 people, even 1 million people in the Calgary metropolitan area.
We don't face the same issues. We're very apprehensive about our future. As my colleague Julian Roberts said, the pilot shortage may be our biggest problem.