Pierre Arcand began his career as a journalist in Montréal. In 1978, he was appointed news director at CKAC and the Telemedia network. He was promoted to vice president and general manager of CKAC in 1984, then to senior vice president of Telemedia in 1985. He remained there until 1988 when he became co-owner of CFCF and CFQR. His group acquired the CKVL and CKOI stations in 1992, then CIEL and CIME-FM in 1998. In 2002, with his 20 years of experience in the world of radio, Pierre Arcand was named president of Corus Québec Radio, which owns 14 stations throughout Quebec. He was named New Performer by the Montréal Board of Trade in 1987. Mr. Arcand also served as a board member for Tel-Aide from 1983 to 1986 and for the Diabetic Children’s Foundation from 1997 to 2006.
Pierre Arcand was elected MNA for Mont-Royal in 2007. He then served as parliamentary assistant to the Minister of Economic Development, Innovation and Export Trade and to the Minister of Tourism from April 2007 until April 2008 when he was appointed parliamentary assistant to the Minister of Finance and Chair of the Conseil du trésor. Pierre Arcand was also vice chair of the Committee on Education until 2008.
Re-elected in December 2008, he was appointed Minister of International Relations and Minister responsible for the Francophonie. On August 11, 2019, he became the Minister of Sustainable Development, Environment and Parks and held the position for over two years. He also served as a member of the Comité ministériel de la prospérité économique et du développement durable from January 15, 2019, until the election of September 4, 2012.
Mr. Arcand was re-elected for a third term in fall 2012 and a fourth time on April 7, 2019.