The Tofino Bus has put its west coast route on hold until partway through spring.
Courtenay-Alberni MP Gord Johns said the federal government needs to be ready to support the province to establish service.
"Wilson's has made it clear for a long time that they can't afford to run these routes and lose more money. They bled a lot through COVID and they just simply aren't going to recover in the shortterm and they can't afford to subsidize it," Johns said. "The province can't continue to shoulder all this. They need a federal partner, the federal government, jurisdictionally, is downloading again and it's unacceptable. They need to take leadership here,"
Johns is calling on the federal government to better support private bus companies.