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Facility Condition Index

September 1, 2017 to August 31, 2018

The Facility Condition Index (FCI) rating is a measurement of the condition of a school building. It does not reflect on the safety of the school building. 

The health and safety of students, staff and community members are our top priority when planning school repairs. Our Facility Services staff works year-round to ensure our schools are safe regardless of their FCI rating.

Almost half of the 584 TDSB school buildings were built more than 60 years ago. Older schools often have a higher FCI rating as some building components such as walls, lights, floors and ventilation systems may require major repairs or replacement.

49.61 %

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Learn more about the Renewal Needs Backlog and the Facility Condition Index, both of which include related Frequently Asked Questions.

Renewal Needs Backlog

The Toronto District School Board’s Renewal Needs Backlog (RNB) list identifies 22,686 different repairs needed in our 584 schools. The total value of those repairs is approximately $3.7 billion as of September 2017. 

For the 2017-2018 school year, the TDSB received $297 million in provincial funding. From this amount, $50 million should be used to replace energy efficient building components. The remaining $247 million should be used to replace/repair building components identified during the schools inspection, helping reduce the FCI of school buildings.

It is important to understand that these repairs do not represent a health or safety concern. Safety is a top priority for us at the TDSB and our maintenance plans are always focused on providing safe places for our students and staff. In order to do that, we fix the most critical problems related to health and safety first. Also, while components in a school building may be past their life expectancy (e.g. water boiler), they are in good condition and meet all required safety codes.


Urgent Building systems that are in critical condition and have surpassed their useful service life. These systems are very important to the operation of the building (e.g. boilers, other heat generating systems, fire alarm, sprinkler system, standpipe system, public address system, roofing, etc.). Although there is no specific timeframe to repair/replace these systems, it is recommended to do it as soon as funding becomes available.
High Building systems that are in critical or poor condition and their importance to the operation of the building is less than those classified as “urgent” (e.g. brick work, exterior doors, exterior windows, rooftop units, etc.). There is no specific timeframe to repair/replace these systems; however, repair/replacement is recommended as soon as funding becomes available.
Medium Building systems that are in fair condition with low importance to the operation of the building (e.g. floor finishes, washroom partitions, millwork, etc.).
Low Building systems that are in fair or good condition with very low importance to the operation of the building (e.g. wall partitions, interior wall finishes, interior doors, fences, etc.).

Heating/Chilling water distribution systems - Original Building - Piping RenewalUrgent
Interior Stair Construction RenewalUrgent
Main Switchboards - Original Building RenewalUrgent
Public Address Systems - Original Building RenewalUrgent
Standpipe Systems - Original Building RenewalUrgent
Branch Wiring - Original Building RenewalHigh
Ceiling Finishes - Painted Structures RenewalHigh
Ceiling Finishes - Acoustic Tile RenewalHigh
Controls & Instrumentation - Original Building RenewalHigh
Domestic Water Distribution - Original Building - DHW Heater RenewalHigh
Elevators & Lifts - Original Building RenewalHigh
Emergency Lighting & Power - Original Building RenewalHigh
Exterior Doors & Hardware RenewalHigh
Fencing & Gate - Chain link RenewalHigh
Fittings - Millwork RenewalHigh
Floor Finishes - Sheet Vinyl RenewalHigh
Floor Finishes - Hardwood RenewalHigh
Floor Finishes - Vinyl Tile RenewalHigh
Interior Doors & Hardware RenewalHigh
Lighting Equipment - Exterior - Original Building RenewalHigh
Major Repair [Exterior Walls - Localized Deficiencies]High
Major Repair [Standard Foundations - Localized Deficiencies]High
Parking Lots - Paved RenewalHigh
Playing Fields - Paved Playgrounds RenewalHigh
Signage RenewalHigh
Terminal & Package Units RenewalHigh
Auxiliary Equipment - Pumps RenewalMedium
Domestic Water Distribution - Secondary Supply Lines - Piping RenewalMedium
Exhaust Systems - Ventilation Fans RenewalMedium
Fittings - Washroom Partitions RenewalMedium
Hot Water Boilers - Dominion Bridge L71 steam boiler no.1 RenewalMedium
Other Communications & Alarm Systems - Original Building RenewalMedium
Stormwater Management - Original Building RenewalMedium

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