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 2, 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...

October 4, 2019

Rwanda will host the next CHOGM starting June 22.  The theme is  ‘Delivering A Common Future: Connecting, Innovating, Transforming’. Five sub-themes have been identified for discussion: Governance and Rule of Law, ICT and Innovation, Youth, Environment, and Trade....

October 1, 2019

This article discusses how neoliberalism policies have hamstrung our ability to put a check on corporate power and plan our collective welfare.  Read more ...

October 1, 2019

Works to educate and engage Canadian youth about democracy and getting the vote out.  It has resources on: Disinformation; Abacus data on youth and democracy; and civics 101.

September 21, 2019

Yesterday the #InvictusGames Foundation and Board of Trustees reviewed impressive presentations from the final two cities Yesterday the #InvictusGames Foundation and Board of Trustees reviewed impressive presentations from the final two cities #Düsseldorf & #Victoria b...

September 9, 2019

We are excited to be marking the 5 year anniversary of the #InvictusGames next Tuesday on the 10th September! We are hoping our supporters will join in online on the day to share their #FavouriteInvictusMoment from the past Games... #WeAreInvictus

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September 9, 2019

This idea a teenager can’t possibly know what they are doing is so patronising.

Mary Shelley came up with Frankenstein aged 18.

Joan of Arc led the French army to victory at 17.

Anne Frank wrote her diaries before she was 15.

Oh, and Mozart wrote a symphony when he was eig...

August 30, 2019

There’s a closed network of about 1,000 clusters, worldwide, online, across all platforms, propagating global hate of all flavors.  Read the 4 policy proposals to address them.  Read more ...

August 12, 2019

A growing number of newcomers to Canada are ending up in shelters or are finding themselves homeless, newly released government figures show.

Two new reports released this week by Employment and Social Development Canada offer a glimpse into the extent of the homelessne...

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