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

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...

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.

December 4, 2016

IT'S NOT JUST WHAT YOU SAY, BUT HOW YOU SAY IT - Shakespeare on the Platform contestants from high schools across Ottawa competed for $1,200 in prize money by presenting one of Shakespeare's soliloquies and a sonnet.

With an endowment and participation from the former E...

June 19, 2016

IT'S NOT JUST WHAT YOU SAY, BUT HOW YOU SAY IT - Ottawa high school students are invited to compete at the November 30, 2016 "Shakespeare on the Platform" competition for $1,200 in prize money. Register an Expression of Interest

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