Bayard Canada was founded in 1991 in Quebec. With offices in Montreal and Toronto, Bayard Canada employs close to 100 people.

In 1991,
Bayard set up offices in Montreal where it published youth magazines, J’aime Lire and Pomme d’Api Quebec. In 1994, Bayard allied itself with Les Débrouillards, a magazine known for its dedication to young people and science.

In 1997,
Bayard Canada bought Owl Communications, publisher of Canadian children’s magazines, Chirp, chickaDEE, and OWL. With this purchase, Bayard Canada became a true Canadian company, doing business from coast to coast to coast in both official languages.

In 2000,
Bayard acquired Novalis Publishing. Under the Novalis trademark, and together with Saint Paul University in Ottawa, Bayard publishes periodicals, books, and resources for the Canadian Catholic parishes.

In 2004,
Bayard purchased Banjo, which became Bayard Canada Livres.

In 2008,
Bayard welcomed Maple Tree Press, a successful publisher of Canadian children’s books for over 30 years, to the Bayard family.