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

March 21, 2018

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March 15, 2018

12 March 2018: 39th COMMONWEALTH INTERFAITH SERVICE … Promoting a Diverse and Inclusive Commonwealth.

Hosted by the Royal Commonwealth Society Ottawa in cooperation with the Parkdale United Church of Ottawa. More Pictures


March 11, 2018

Her Majesty the Queen has issued her annual message on Commonwealth Day. As head of the Commonwealth, HRM Queen Elizabeth II has led the United Kingdom and many Commonwealth nations around the world toward a vibrant present and future. You can read her entire message f...

March 4, 2018

Interfaith Service, 429 Parkdale Ave, Ottawa 12 March 2018 7pm-8pm "a diverse and inclusive Commonwealth" hosted by RCS Ottawa

March 1, 2018

The Group of 78 Luncheon Speaker Series:
South Africa and Zimbabwe - Limits to Change
Date: Tuesday, March 27, 2018
TIME: 12:00 noon (sharp)
Place: East India Company Restaurant, 210 Somerset St. West, Ottawa
Cost: $30 for luncheon and presentation
$5 for presentation...

January 6, 2018

Watch this space for more information coming soon.

January 6, 2018

On February 21st at 7:00 PM at the Royal Canadian Air Force Mess Ottawa, The Royal Commonwealth Society Ottawa is pleased to welcome Canadian Author and Military Historian, Adam Montgomery, PhD, who will be speaking about the historical and social contexts surrounding...

December 8, 2017

Abbey Sugars-Keen placed 1st in RCS Ottawa's 2017 SHOP Competition winning $350 for herself and in so doing, $500 for Lisgar Collegiate Institute.

November 23, 2017

The Royal Commonwealth Society Ottawa has graciously been invited to join the South African Rainbow Nation Association (SARNA) Ottawa for their holiday gathering on December 9th at the Montgomery Legion, 330 Kent Street, Ottawa. Social hour is from 7:00 - 8:00 PM with...

October 4, 2017

Be delighted, entertained and enthralled … support our local youth talent!!

The annual ‘Shakespeare on the Platform’ (SHOP) competition, in which students from Ottawa high schools compete to perform their chosen sonnet and soliloquy, will take place at The University of...

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