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Manulife Financial
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About Manulife Financial

In June of 1887, the Manufacturer’s Life Insurance Company – now known as Manulife Financial – was incorporated by an act of Parliament and Sir John A. Macdonald, Canada’s first Prime Minister, was elected president of the company.

Four years later, when Sir John A. Macdonald died in 1891, our company was already a Canadian success story, writing $2 million in new business, with policies providing $7.4 million in coverage to Canadians and assets of $438,000.

Even an optimist like Sir John A. Macdonald would be surprised at how the Canadian company he helped found more than 125 years ago has evolved into one of the largest financial institutions in the world.

Global company with Canadian roots

Operating as Manulife Financial in Canada and Asia and John Hancock in the United States, we have a long and proud history of international growth.

Since 1893, when we sold our first policy outside of Canada to a customer in Bermuda, Manulife Financial has grown to operate in many countries and territories, including three of the world’s top economies: United States, China and Japan. Manulife Financial also remains a dominant force in the Canadian marketplace, providing products and services to one in every five Canadians.

While we are a worldwide leader in the financial services sector with a strong global presence, our roots remain deeply embedded in Canada. 

We are proud of our operation in Halifax which is the result of one of the most important mergers in our long history.  In April 2004, Manulife Financial merged with American financial services giant John Hancock Financial Services, Inc. in the largest cross-border transaction in Canadian history – making Manulife the largest life insurance company in North America at the time. That transaction also included the purchase of Maritime Life based in Halifax.

Today, nearly 800 Halifax employees contribute to the global success of our company each day – providing strong, reliable, trustworthy and forward-thinking solutions for our clients. Our Halifax operation now provides support to our Affinity Markets, Group Benefits, Group Retirement Solutions, Individual Insurance, Manulife Bank of Canada, Advisory Services, Manulife Investments and Manulife Securities lines of business.

With volunteerism as our organization’s Signature Cause, we also believe strongly in giving back to the communities where we operate. Since 2004, we have been honoured to share our spirit of volunteerism and support the Halifax and greater Nova Scotia community by providing more than $4 million in donations – and countless employee volunteer hours – to Nova Scotia charities and community organizations.

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