Saskatchewan is feeling some backlash over their decision to end STC.
On Tuesday a rally took place in front of Regina’s Bus Depot protesting against the government’s decision to end the province wide bus company.
Many who rely on the bus service to get around Saskatchewan feel betrayed by the decision.
A main concern felt by many is that thousands of rural residents who cannot drive relied on the bus company to make medical appointments in Saskatoon and Regina.
“It’s a service for people that have built this province that can’t afford to get around anymore, instead of helping them the province is saying to hell with you,” one man said.
“I guess I’m stuck in Regina, unless my friends or family can take time off work to drive me places,” a lady who is visually impaired said.
The province has repeatedly said STC has been costing more money than it has been making, which lead to their decision to end the transportation corporation.
They have also said they are confident lost routes will be picked up by private companies.
The service will end permanently on May 31st.
- Rural Saskatchewan residents concerned over loss of STC bus routes
- Province confident STC routes will be picked up by private companies
A government statement issued Tuesday regarding whether the Canada Labour Code has been broken in this budget move says:
“As part of the wind down of STC, appropriate steps have been taken in accordance with the Canada Labour Code. The 224 affected employees will receive fair treatment in accordance with corporate policies. The decision to wind down STC was a difficult one but as ridership has declined and costs have increased, STC’s subsidy reached an unsustainable level. STC’s per passenger subsidy today is $94 per passenger – up from $25 per passenger a decade ago.”
A government official also says there is a collaboration between Social Sercvices and Sask. Health for travel costs associated with medical appointments for low-income northerners; medical travel is authorized while Social Services has provisions to cover the costs.