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Getting to Know RBC


One of Canada’s Leading Financial Institutions Puts You First

We are Canada’s largest bank as to market capitalization and assets. Whether you’re looking to open a personal bank account, protect your family with insurance or grow your money through investments, we can help you with just about every financial need you have while you’re in Canada.

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We’ve been here for Canadians since 1864

Our history starts in Halifax, Nova Scotia, in 1864, when we were known as the Merchants’ Bank. In 1901, as we expanded into the rest of Canada, we changed our name to the Royal Bank of Canada. We opened our first international branch in Havana, Cuba in 1899 and by 1925, had 121 branches in North and South America, London, Paris and Barcelona. Today, you’ll find us under the name “RBC”. That’s the name we use to represent all our companies. Our banking business uses the name RBC Royal Bank®, and all our other businesses’ names start with RBC® as well.

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We’re proud to work among your community

We’re as multi–cultural as Canada itself. As one of the leading employers in the country, our workforce includes a large number of immigrants. This allows us to service our clients in many different languages. In fact, in some parts of Canada, even our banking machines speak different languages. Learn more about careers at RBC.

We also believe in doing more than just providing financial services. We believe in giving back to your community, too. We sponsor a number of cultural events and support many causes.

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We’d like to get to know you

Once you’ve arrived in Canada, we’d like to help you get settled in. So come visit us! For more information about the services we offer, please visit

We are always here to help you find the information you need. Get in touch with us.

Advice, Tools and Tips

Find out what you need to get settled quickly in Canada.


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Contact Us

In Canada & the US

  • Call 1-800-769-2511 and we can speak to you in the language of your choice.
  • Visit a Branch


  • Call us collect at 1-506-864-2275 and we can speak to you in the language of your choice.

Your Privacy and Security

It’s important to us that your personal, business and financial information is protected at all times. In fact, it’s among our highest priorities.

Learn how RBC helps to protect you