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CANADA Backyard Housing association

Canada Backyard Housing Association is an education and advocacy-based non-profit devoted to supporting the development of backyard housing in cities across Canada. We got our start in Edmonton, AB. and are working our way to other cities. Through educational workshops, tours, webinars, and events, we empower homeowners to act as city-builders in their own backyards.

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What is a Backyard home?

Simply put, it's a a backyard.

Backyard Suites are a form of infill housing that offers social, environmental, and economic benefits to owners, renters, and the city as a whole. They are becoming increasingly popular in cities across North America. 

A backyard suite is a second residence that is in a building located behind or beside the primary residence. They are sometimes referred to as laneway houses, carriage houses, accessory dwelling units, garden suites or garage suites. Typically, they range in size from 400 - 1,200 square feet. Some are built above a garage, some have no garage at all. 


Benefits of backyard Housing

People choose to build Backyard Suites for many different reasons.

Whether it's to house aging parents close to home, generate a rental income, or plan for your future, Backyard Suites are a flexible form of housing that can help meet you and your family's changing needs. ​

rental incomE

Build a backyard home, rent it out and make some additional income. Use your backyard home as a mortgage helper, investment, or retirement income. 

Downsize & Age in place

With backyard homes, long-time residents can downsize and age in their community when their main home becomes too much work.

affordable housing

Building a home in your backyard can help add to your city's affordable housing stock.  

Healthy communities 

Backyard homes help create more walkable, compact, and attractive communities that support physical and mental health.

Multigenerational Living

Backyard homes can enable multigenerational living, where aging parents or young adults can live close to their families, while still have privacy and independence. 

building in instead of out

As a form infill, backyard homes help cities build in instead of out, which promotes fiscally, environmentally, and socially responsible development.


Attend a workshop or tour, ask us a question, get involved.

Canada Backyard Housing Association is a non-profit organization that helps homeowners who are thinking about building a backyard home.  We host workshops, tour, and webinars, and connect citizens with industry experts. We provide you with all the information you need to build the suite of your dreams, while advocating for policy changes that reduce the barriers to infill development. 


We have a vision for cities that provides their residents with a mix of housing choices that meet diverse and evolving needs. Backyard homes will help us achieve this vision. 


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Make sure to subscribe to our mailing list (below) so that you receive our newsletters.  They contain information on upcoming workshops, tours, and events, as well important backyard housing news. 

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