Montreal-based Transcontinental Media has acquired the publishing assets of Groupe Le Canada Français, which employs around 160 staff and collaborators. The purchase includes 11 weekly and monthly printed titles, as well as Web portals that serve the Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu and Granby areas of Quebec.
This includes the Le Canada Français newspaper, which Transcontinental describes as a paid local weekly with the largest circulation in Quebec, as well as Le Richelieu in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Le Coup d’Oeil in Napierville, Le Journal L’Express in Granby, L’Avenir & Des Rivières in Farnham and Le Guide in Cowansville. In all, these printed newspapers have a combined weekly circulation of more than 155,000 copies.
As for Web portals, which combined reach over 30,000 unique visitors per week, Transcontinental Media adds Canadafrancais.com, Granby.enregion.ca, Cowansville.enregion.ca, Farnham.enregion.ca and trouveztout.info to its digital-publishing network.
“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. “This acquisition fits with our plans for developing our network in Montérégie and enhancing our integrated offering to regional and national advertisers.”
Le Canada Français was founded in 1860.