In cooperation with the Société du Plan Nord, the Ministère held the Regional Air Transport Summit In February 2018. Over 300 people took part in the event.
Québec is characterized by its low population density, vast territory and harsh climate, among other things. Given the importance of economic development in regions, along with the geographic location and remoteness of certain communities, the gouvernement du Québec considers this is particularly important to find solutions to the following regional air transport problems:
To prepare for the Summit, the gouvernement du Québec planned a series of consultations, both with the industry and key stakeholders in various regions across Québec. The Ministère wishes to thank everyone who contributed to the efforts that led to possible solutions in regional air transport, whether by participating in one of the 12 regional meetings or one of the 11 sectoral meetings, or by sending their comments and suggestions to the Summit organization.
At the close of the Summit, the gouvernement du Québec announced eight measures to improve regional air transport in Québec. The funding for these measures will be known when the next budget is presented. The terms and conditions of the programs will be announced subsequently.
This program will help finance a variety of infrastructure and equipment work necessary for airport activities.
This program will aim to improve and develop the services provided by air carriers already present in Québec and attract new stakeholders.
The Airfare Reduction Program will be expanded to include the Abitibi-Témiscamingue, Bas-Saint-Laurent, Gaspésie, Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean and Côte-Nord regions. It will also improve both the percentage underwritten and the limit.
The Ministère will work together with the ministère du Tourisme, the Alliance de l’industrie touristique du Québec and the airlines present.
This channel will provide a unique interface to convey the concerns expressed during regional consultations and the Summit.
Minister responsible for Government Administration and Ongoing Program Review and Chair of the Conseil du trésor will be mandated with implementing an integrated air transport strategy for the gouvernement du Québec.
© Gouvernement du Québec, 2018