The last few months have been particularly trying for every one of us. The tourism and travel sectors have been severely shaken by this unprecedented health crisis, with thousands of workers having lost their jobs. At Air Canada, we continue to make every effort to weather a storm that has literally brought our industry to a standstill overnight as a result of the numerous government-imposed travel restrictions.
Despite the devastating effects of this crisis on the entire travel and tourism ecosystem, Air Canada continues to show great leadership. We were the first private company to purchase the COVID-19 rapid test from Abbott, ordering 25,000 kits.
Because safety is our top priority, we were also among the first to implement a series of biosecurity measures, the most advanced in the industry, as part of our Air Canada CleanCare+ program. This enables our customers and employees to travel safely and with confidence.
Air Canada is also proud of its critically important partnership with McMaster HealthLabs and the Greater Toronto Airport Authority (GTAA) in a study to collect data to verify the effectiveness of various quarantine periods and to explore other options in lieu of the 14-day isolation period for international travellers arriving in Canada.
The restrictions imposed by the government of Canada, virtually unchanged since March, remain among the most stringent in the world. That is why Air Canada has joined forces with the Canadian Travel and Tourism Roundtable to persuade the government to adopt science-based measures, as other countries are doing, and to allow for a cautious easing of restrictions. Hundreds of thousands of workers in the travel and tourism sector have called on elected officials in Ottawa to take decisive action on this issue. This situation, which has become unsustainable, represents a major obstacle to the industry's recovery.
Despite that, we are determined to get back on track and face this new normal. Our great resilience, developed over the last ten years, is allowing us to navigate through this storm. Air Canada is a critical part of the economy and we intend, with the commitment and tenacity of our employees, to weather this crisis and emerge even stronger in order to continue to play our leading role in supporting the Canadian tourism industry.