The Data Index presents our analysis of eight cities’ strategies and plans to improve informal settlements and backyards.

Backyarder Support Plan

Aims to improve the living conditions of citizens living in the backyards of rental stock of a city. This strategy includes the improvement of access to municipal services as well as the identification of vacant land that could be used for infill housing projects.


  • Nature and extend of backyarders
  • Council adopted Backyarder Support Strategy
  • Relevance of backyarder support plan
Evidence of
Partial evidence of
No evidence of

Viewing results for: 2020/2021

2016/2017 2017/2018 2018/2019 2019/2020 2020/2021
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Has a department been assigned to take responsibility for backyarding?
What essential services are provided to backyard dwellings?
Does the city have a plan for addressing the needs of backyarders?
Is there a clear indication that the municipality recognizes backyarding as a housing strategy in the city?
What is the nature of the a recognition of the occurance of backyarding in municipal plans?
# of people living in backyards
% of municipal population
Backyarder Growth Rate
# HH living in backyards
% of Provincial total
Progress