Les Presses de l’Université d’Ottawa l University of Ottawa Press (PUO-UOP) is North America’s flagship bilingual university press.

We are…

  • the publishing house of one Canada’s top 10 research-intensive universities, and of one of the top 140 research-intensive universities in the world, and of the world’s largest bilingual university.
  • the oldest of the French-language university presses in Canada, as well as the only French-language university press outside Quebec.
  • one of the largest publishers in Canada’s national capital region.


Our mission is to enrich the intellectual and cultural life and enlighten social debates of our knowledge-based society and globalized world.


We value excellence in publishing and research, critical and ethical thought, intellectual integrity, social responsibility, and innovation.

We also espouse agility, to succeed in a world where change is the only constant; connection, to become leaders in our global village; impact, to build a better world, and sustainability, to secure a shared future.

Publishing program

PUO-UOP offers an award-winning publishing program of 25-30 titles per year, which includes academic publications with an open access component, a literary program, as well as imprints and journals.

  • Our academic publishing program includes 12 active series in the social sciences, the prestigious Mercury Series (copublication with the Canadian Museum of History), and the Invenire imprint. It also includes a portfolio of scholarly journals.
  • Our general audience, non-fiction program includes the 101 Collection as well as the Symons Medal Collection (copublication with the Confederation Centre for the Arts); 
  • Our literary publishing program includes award-winning novels, short story collections, literary essays, and biographies and memoirs. 

Strategic priorities

Our strategic priorities are accessibility; equity, diversity, and inclusion; open access; sustainability, and the Francophonie.

We are also dedicated to modernizing our publishing infrastructure, aligning our publishing program with strategic areas of research, and engaging with local, national, and international partners.

Our strategic plan is informed by the following:


To assist us in accomplishing our mission, attaining our strategic objectives, and keeping abreast of ever-evolving technological and other changes in the publishing industry, PUO-UOP is a proud member of the following associations:

We are also proud signatories the following initiatives: