All routes, except for the one running Vancouver-Seattle, in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba will be cut starting on October 31, leaving many, especially those with low-income and in rural communities, without a reasonable means of transportation.
On Monday, Greyhound announced it has "taken the hard decision" to discontinue all service west of Ontario due to declining ridership.
Meantime, a First Nations leader is calling on the government to do something to ensure people can get around.
Transport Canada said Greyhound Canada operates on a commercial basis with no support from the federal government, and that there are no existing federal programs that would subsidize a private intercity bus carrier.
The bus company's financial woes started nearly 10 years ago when they threatened to pull services out of Manitoba and northwestern Ontario if they did not receive $15 million in government aid. "The Greyhound bus service for many, many generations has served as the principle mode of transportation for our people".
"That's shocking", she said of the news. A single route will remain, running between Vancouver and Seattle.
Canadians who rely on bus services as their sole means of transportation will be cut off from employment, health care and other critical public services, as well as education, and family.
According to Kendrick, "despite best efforts over several years, ridership has dropped almost 41 per cent across the country since 2010 within a changing and increasingly challenging transportation environment. I sympathize with those who will lose their jobs as a result of discontinuation of bus service; however, this challenging situation may also present an opportunity for a First Nations led initiative to provide safe, reliable and professional passenger bus service throughout Manitoba and elsewhere".
"But simply put, the issue that we have seen is the routes in rural parts of Canada, specifically Western Canada, are just not sustainable anymore".
These "unsustainable routes" include rural and small communities, as well as major cities like Vancouver, Edmonton, and Calgary.
"At no point did Greyhound reach out to me, or my staff, to have a conversation on solutions to keep people connected - something I would have expected, given their long history in this province", Trevena said in a statement Monday.
She did, however, she was shocked at the decision because it came with no warning.
Alberta Transportation Minister Brian Mason said that Greyhound's decision is an issue of national importance.
The move eliminates public transportation between communities in many places.
"As the northernmost major Canadian city and a hub for an bad lot of important things that happen in Western Canada, it's concerning", Edmonton Mayor Don Iveson told reporters just after hearing the news on Monday.