The Commonwealth - Fast Facts

The Commonwealth is made up of 53 independent countries that work together to pursue common goals which promote development, democracy, and peace. Our combined population of 2.4 billion is almost a third of the global population.
  • Trade between Commonwealth countries is projected to surpass $1 trillion by 2020.
  • Half of the top 20 global emerging cities are in the Commonwealth.
  • Seven of the top 10 countries in the Ibrahim Index of African Governance, which measures rule of law, human rights, participation, human development and sustainable economic opportunity, are Commonwealth members.
  • Seven of the top 10 countries for gender equality in Sub-Saharan Africa are Commonwealth countries, according to World Economic Forum's Global Gender Gap Report 2015.
  • Five of the best performing 15 countries in the Youth Development Index are Commonwealth members.
  • Since 1991, 12 Commonwealth member countries have moved to multi-party democracy from military or one-party rule.
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Events Calendar (RCSO and Other)

(select RCSO events for details and to register)

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October 30, 2019

View the Remembrance Day Ceremony indoors on a large screen, followed by a light lunch at 158 Gloucester St.

To honour the sacrifice of the men and women who serve our country,  on Monday, November 11, 2019,  we invite you to view the 11:00 a.m. Remembrance Day ceremo...

October 16, 2019

The future of the Commonwealth depends on its one billion young people.

The Commonwealth Youth Forum (CYF) is organised as part of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM). 

Taking place in Rwanda next June, the Youth Forum will bring together 1,000 youth lea...

July 25, 2019

Come out to this free evening of theatre.  Cash prizes of $350, $250, $100 and $50 will be awarded to the top four competitors, and the Graham Booth Bursary of $500 will be awarded to the winning school.  See last year’s performances on the RCS Ottawa You Tube Channel...

May 25, 2019

Invitation to RCSO and Commonwealth Supporters;

2019 RCSO AGM, June 5th at the Naval Officers’ Mess, 78 Lisgar Ave.

Doors open at 6:00 p.m. and presentations begin at 7:00 p.m. (no entrance fee, cash bar)

To gauge the amount of food required,...

April 30, 2019

RCSO will host a reception and tour of Ottawa for Commonwealth judges, in support of the Commonwealth Judicial Education Institute.  Past CJEI Fellows. To engage in a dialogue about developments throughout the Commonwealth,  RCSO members can register for the recep...

March 4, 2019

Ottawa's 2019 Commonwealth Interfaith Service - "celebrating a diverse and inclusive Commonwealth" will be held from 4pm -5pm on March 10th, St. Matthew's Anglican Church, 217 First Ave, Ottawa.  Light refreshments will be served.  Open to all....

January 23, 2019

Who: RCS Ottawa Members, Supporters, & NSCF Alumni

What: Breakfast Social

Where: IKEA Dining Area, 2685 Iris Street, Ottawa (Kanata), Ontario

Why: Meet and Greet

When: Saturday, 1 June 2019 from 10:00-11:00 AM

January 23, 2019

Who: RCS Ottawa Members, Supporters, & NSCF Alumni

What: Breakfast Social

Where: IKEA Dining Area, 2685 Iris Street, Ottawa (Kanata), Ontario

Why: Meet and Greet

When: Saturday, 2 Feb 2019 from 10:00-11:00 AM

December 3, 2018

Young leaders of tomorrow will build leadership skills, while discussing and learning about international affairs and the Commonwealth. The program will include an amazing Commonwealth race through the streets of Ottawa, team-building, a cultural evening, and opportuni...

December 1, 2018

The Queen's Commonwealth Essay Competition for 2019, was launched by HRH The Duchess of Cornwall.

The theme for 2019 is "A Connected Commonwealth".  The competition is open to all citizens and residents of the Commonwealth aged 18 and under and runs until 1 June 2019....

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