Bernier embarked on his professional soccer career in 2000 with the Montreal Impact in the A-League. This marked the beginning of a remarkable journey for him. At the time, the club played their home games at the Claude Robillard Sports Complex, where they garnered the support of a modest yet passionate crowd, laying the foundation for Bernier’s illustrious career. During his three seasons with the club, Bernier proved to be a consistent performer. In 2002, the team secured a commendable second-place finish, with Bernier contributing 4 goals and 6 assists to the collective effort.