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 4, 2017

As part of the 150th Anniversary of Canada, we invite you to honour our men and women who have served our country on Saturday, November 11, 2017, at the National War Memorial Site of the Unnamed Solder for the 11:00 a.m. ceremony.

For those who cannot stand for the enti...

October 2, 2017

Mr. Akbar Khan, is the Commonwealth-wide Secretary-General of the CPA. He will share with students the background and future of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association. He would like to have an open dialogue afterwards with students on their views of the Commonwealt...

September 10, 2017

To RCS Members and Supporters

It is with great pleasure that we invite you to our October 4th Event to listen to Mr. Peter Schiefke, MP, Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister for Youth and Member of Parliament. Mr. Schiefke will share the latest news with respec...

June 10, 2017

Dinner will begin at 6:30 PM. Our Annual General Meeting will begin at 7:00 pm on Thursday, July 20th at the Royal Canadian Air Force Officers’ Mess at 158 Gloucester Avenue, Ottawa

The AGM is free to members and $10.00 for non-members.


May 16, 2017

To RCS Members, Supporters, Families and Friends;

Join us for a lovely summer afternoon and Strawberry Social by the Rideau River as we celebrate Canada’s 150th Anniversary on the lawns of the residence of our former President, Dr. Peter Meincke and Sue Williams. In 186...

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