RCS Logo
HC Dean
Interfaith 2016
CAPAM 2016
Award Peter Meincke
Award Bob Hardy
Award Peter Kucherepa
NSCF logo
Parliament Pyramid
Senate discussion (1)
NSCF teams

The Commonwealth - Fast Facts

The Commonwealth is made up of 54 independent countries that work together to pursue common goals which promote democracy, equality, and sustainable development. Our combined population of 2.6 billion is almost a third of the global population.
  • The combined GDP is US$12.6 trillion in 2022.
  • 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.
      Learn More

Events Calendar (RCSO and Other)

(select an event for details and to register)

HM The Queen's - Commonwealth Day Message, 3/14/ 2022

COMMONWEALTH - Insights, Inspiration, & Innovation

The Pandemic must be seen.

If many still see the pandemic as a faraway problem, that’s because they aren’t seeing the pandemic at all, just a number. It’s time to...

Resilience - coping with tough times

The chronic stress of COVID-19 is testing the resilience of our society, economy, and ourselves - social support is really important. ...

COVID-19 vigilance

Clinical trials of four vaccine candidates are showing remarkable promise, with three exceeding 90% efficacy, no safety concerns and one...

Democracy is at its best, when ...

people have the maximum flexibility and time to consider and cast their vote. Ideas like automatic voter registration, standardized voter...

Getting together - virtually

If you must Zoom, get the technical glitches out of the way early. Then, think about how to make the conversation flow. Set up a question...

The Doughnut Economy

Meeting the needs of all within the means of the planet, the Doughnut of social and planetary boundaries is a playfully serious approach...

Planning a green urban recovery

City councils are on the frontline of both the COVID-19 pandemic and the climate crisis. 33% of the West Midlands residents said that...

Developing municipal climate action plans

Collaborating across municipal borders can raise ambition and accelerate action. Read more ... Identify and fill data gaps. Climate...

How to build back better with a 15-minute city

In a ‘15-minute city’, everyone is able to meet most, if not all, of their needs within a short walk or bike ride from their home. It...

Donald Trump & Canada: How he changed politics

Worried about the state of democracy in the US? Care about preserving our democracy in Canada? Register for a free online conversation...

Engaging Infrequent and First-Time Voters.  

Session 1 Youth Engagement - From 1:00 - 1:50 EST, Prof. Valerie-Anne Maheo, Université de Laval and Aaron Myran, Future Majority....

Upcoming Commonwealth Virtual Events

Webinar Series: Youth - Taking Charge of our Future Rule of Law - during COVID-19 Blue Charter - collaboration ... Previous events