- A big year for Transcontinental marked by the launch of the renowned Ad-Bag/Publi-Sac and Ad-Stand, products that revolutionize the flyer distribution business.
- Transcontinental enters the United States market with the acquisition of Miami Valley Publishing Company in Dayton, Ohio, and Trans-Continental Printing South in Orlando, Florida, both specialized in flyer printing.
- The Publishing Sector marks its first expansion outside Québec with the acquisition of The Hockey News newspaper.
1986 to 1995
- Transcontinental acquires Interglobe Printing (now Transcontinental Beauceville), a plant in Beauceville, Québec, printing magazines, educational textbooks and institutional documents.
- Transcontinental reaches the Pacific coast with the acquisition of Valleyweb Graphics in Langley, British Columbia, a flyer printing plant.
- Launch of Éditions Transcontinental, the book publishing division.
- Transcontinental acquires PME magazine and Publications spécialisées en construction G.R., which will later become Groupe Constructo. It also buys a majority stake in Éditions du Feu Vert, which publishes Décormag and Le Bel Âge.
- Transcontinental receives the Mercure for Business of the Year, SMB, an annual award presented by the Fédération des chambres de commerce du Québec.
- Transcontinental acquires two printing plants from Southam's Canadian Publishers, one in Calgary, Alberta and one in Winnipeg, Manitoba. These plants join a growing network of flyer printing plants. The two Calgary plants will later be merged to form today’s Transcontinental Calgary.
- Acquisition of a third printing plant in the United States: NCP Incorporated in Seattle, Washington.
- The Publishing Sector continues its expansion outside Québec with the launch of Good Times magazine, the English-language counterpart of Bel Âge. Both titles are published in partnership with the European publishing house Bayard Presse.
- Transcontinental becomes the largest flyer printer in Canada, and the Québec leader in business and finance publishing and door-to-door distribution.
- With the acquisition of the printing company Noir Plus, in Montréal, Transcontinental moves into the commercial sheetfed printing market.