2 August 2011
Transcontinental to print newspaper chain following acquisition
MONTREAL—Transcontinental Media has acquired the assets of Groupe Le Canada Français, and Transcontinental will now print and distribute all of Groupe's titles.

In back row from left to right: François Olivier, president and chief executive officer of Transcontinental and Marc Ouellette, senior VP, Local Solutions Group, Transcontinental Media. In from row from left to right: Renel Bouchard, Robert Paradis and Maryse Racicot-Gagnon, shareholders of Groupe Le Canada Français.

The acquisition, announced Aug. 1, includes 11 weekly and monthly print titles as well as websites. Among the titles is Le Canada Français, a paid local weekly newspaper founded in 1860 with the largest circulation in Quebec. In all, the newspapers have a combined weekly circulation of more than 155,000 copies, according to Transcontinental.

"The Groupe Le Canada Français is a jewel of the weekly press in Quebec, a newspaper institution that shares our goals of excellence and rigour," said Natalie Larivière, president of Transcontinental Media.

Transcontinental printed all but one of the Groupe Le Canada Francais titles prior to the sale, but Transcontinental would not specify which.

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