The 36th G8 summit is to be held in Canada in June 25-27, 2010. The meeting will take place in Huntsville, Ontario, at the Deerhurst Resort. It will be the fifth G8 Summit hosted by Canada since 1976. The locations of previous G8 summits to have been hosted by Canada include:Montebello, Quebec (1981); Toronto, Ontario (1988); Halifax, Nova Scotia (1995); and Kananaskis, Alberta (2002). The G8 Summit has evolved beyond being a gathering of world political leaders. The event has become an occasion for a wide variety of non-governmental organizations, activists and civic groups to congregate and discuss a multitude of issues.
Looking forward from the perspective of March 2009, summit manager Gérald Cossette explained: