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“Always earning the right to be our clients’ first choice”

The Royal Bank of Canada History site has been created to remember and celebrate our heritage and the generations of men and women who transformed our company into a leader in Canada and a growing force in countries around the world.

Over the years we have invested in the future by delivering quality products, creating jobs, protecting the environment, respecting diversity and making a difference in the communities that we serve. Our shared values of service, teamwork, responsibility, diversity and integrity help guide our behaviours and decisions, inspire us to lead in diversity and inclusion and define what it means to be a responsible corporate citizen.

Today, approximately 79,000 client-focused and committed employees help us earn the right to be our clients’ first choice, differentiating us as an exceptional source of advice for the 16 million clients worldwide that we serve.

We invite you to learn more about our history as we continue to write the next chapters of our journey.

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Celebrating our History

Explore our early years in Halifax in the 1860s, to our global expansion through offices in Canada, the U.S. and 49 other countries around the world.

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Researcher’s Toolkit

Use this toolkit to view some of our most frequently requested publications and to search the History site.

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Virtual Exhibits

Take a tour of our past by viewing historical video footage and photos.

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Milestones at a Glance

View important timelines showing our progress in select areas.

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