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)

COMMONWEALTH - Insights, Inspiration, & Innovation

November 30, 2018

This year was the 25th Anniversary of this Shakespeare competition for Ottawa high school students. 

This year's Winners:

1. Genevieve Packer $400

2. Abbey Sugars Keen $300

3. Gillian Hurd $200

4.Katerina Dayton $100

4.Aude Ndakissa Souagha $100

Glebe collegiate $500

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November 30, 2018

RCS Members and Supporters; honoured our men and women who have served our country on Sunday, November 11, 2018, by placing a wreath at the National War Memorial, followed by a light lunch at the RCAF Officers’ Mess at 158 Gloucester St.

November 28, 2018

Ms. Susan le Jeune d'Allegeershecque, CMG, provided an overview of the challenges facing democracy around the world, the outcomes from the April 2018 Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in London, and the relevance of the Commonwealth.

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October 12, 2018

Royal Commonwealth Society, Ottawa
A ‘Commonwealth Conversation’ with the British High Commissioner
Ms. Susan le Jeune d'Allegeershecque, CMG


Mr. Christopher MacLennan,

Assistant Deputy Minister, Global Issues and Development, Global Affairs Canada

Free Admission for S...

July 30, 2018

The Garden Party will be catered and sun gazebos will be on the lawn.  In event of rain, will have made arrangements to hold the party indoors.

Join us again for our annual lovely summer afternoon by the Rideau River … on the lawns of the residence of our former Preside...

July 18, 2018

This fundraising Trek is open to everyone, and we are encouraging those interested to raise pledges from their families and friends. You can join by walking, rollerblading, biking, wheeling, baby strolling or any other fun way you wish to participate. Pets on leashes a...

April 13, 2018

On Monday, April 9th, Her Excellency hosted members of the Royal Commonwealth Society Ottawa and National Student Commonwealth Forum alumni at Earnscliffe, the official residence of The British High Commissioner.

For more information about Her Majesty's Big Commonwealth...

Prince Harry is to become patron of 'Walk Of America', the latest expedition from the armed forces charity Walking With The Wounded @supportthewalk. He will launch the expedition at an event in London on 11 April. 


6 hours agoTomorrow, Prince Charles & Duchess Camilla begin their visit to Australia to officially open the XXI Commonwealth Games. Prince Edward will close the games after his tour of Australia for @DofE 's Award Real Tennis Tour.

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