Bernier’s return to Montreal was a turning point in his career as he joined the Montreal Impact in December, 2011, coinciding with their entry into Major League Soccer in 2012. Despite finishing the season with Lyngby Boldklub, his contract allowed for a seamless transition to the Impact without a transfer fee. His impact was immediate, scoring his first goal in a 2–0 victory against Sporting Kansas City in May, 2012. Bernier’s stellar performances earned him the MLS Player of the Week and MLS Player of the Month awards in 2012, solidifying his role as a key figure in the team’s success.