Toronto District School Board

Facility Condition Index

The Facility Condition Index (FCI) rating does not reflect the safety of a school building. Rather, it is a measurement of the condition of that school. Therefore, an older school may have more needed repairs and therefore a higher FCI rating, but not one of those many repairs is a health or safety issue. At the Toronto District School Board, the average age of our schools is over 60 years and building components such as walls, lights, floors, ventilation systems, etc. continue to age requiring major repairs or replacement.

Our Facilities staff works all year round to ensure our schools are safe regardless of their FCI rating. The health and safety of students, staff and community members who use our schools are considered the highest priority in planning school repairs. Effort is made to repair building components where possible; where a component is beyond repair, it will be scheduled for replacement.

York Humber High School (GR. 09-12)

41.07 %

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

The Toronto District School Board is investing millions of dollars to improve the conditions of its schools. Learn More about our School Repairs Investment Profile (Provincial Government Funding) and our Current School Repairs Projects/Highlights.

Renewal Needs Backlog

The Toronto District School Board’s (TDSB’s) Renewal Needs Backlog lists 23,232 different repairs that have been identified in our 588 schools. The total value of those repairs is approximately $3.4 billion.

It is because the TDSB did not receive adequate provincial funding to make the needed repairs that the backlog continued to grow. However, we have received additional provincial funding allowing us to invest $579 million in school repairs from September 2015 to August 2017. This will allow us to begin to reduce our Renewal Needs Backlog.

It is very important to understand that not one of these repairs represents a health or safety concern for our students and staff. In fact, it is because the safety of our schools is a top priority for us at TDSB that our maintenance plans are always focused on providing safe places for our students to learn. In that regard, we schedule maintenance to fix the most critical problems related to the health and safety of our students and staff.

Also, while components in a school building may be past their life expectancy, i.e. a water boiler, they are in good repair and meet all required safety codes.


Urgent Building systems that are in critical condition and have surpassed their useful service life and these systems are very important to the operation of the building such as (Boilers, Other Heat Generating Systems, Fire Alarm, Sprinkler System, Standpipe System, Public Address System, Roofing, etc.). There is no specific timeframe to repair/replace this system; however, repair/replacement is highly recommended as soon as funding is available.
High Building systems that are in critical or poor condition and their importance to the operation of the building is less than those assigned an urgent priority such as (Brick Work, Exterior Doors, Exterior Windows, Rooftop Units, etc.). There is no specific timeframe to repair/replace this system; however, repair/replacement is recommended as soon as funding is available.
Medium Building systems that are in fair condition with low importance to the operation of the building such as (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 such as (Wall Partitions, Interior Wall Finishes, Interior Doors, Fences, etc.).

Roof Coverings - Built-up roof assembly RenewalUrgent
Roof Coverings - Corrugated metal RenewalUrgent
Roof Coverings - Inverted roof assembly RenewalUrgent
Roof Coverings - Skylight RenewalUrgent
Controls & Instrumentation - BAS RenewalHigh
Domestic Water Distribution - Plumbing piping insulation RenewalHigh
Exterior Doors - 1992 Door hardware RenewalHigh
Exterior Doors - Aged hollow metal door & frame RenewalHigh
Exterior Doors - Automatic entrances RenewalHigh
Exterior Walls - Localized Deficiencies - Brick Walls RenewalHigh
Exterior Windows - Aluminum framed double glazed units RenewalHigh
Fencing & Gates - Chain Link RenewalHigh
Fittings - Retractable Bleachers RenewalHigh
Floor Finishes - Carpet RenewalHigh
Floor Finishes - Ceramic tile RenewalHigh
Interior Doors - Aged door hardware RenewalHigh
Interior Doors - Steel Overhead Doors RenewalHigh
Major Repair [Emergency Lighting & Power - Diesel generator]High
Major Repair [Gas Supply System - 1992 Gas piping]High
Major Repair [Domestic Water Distribution - 1992 Piping system]High
Other Heat Generating Systems - Rooftop Gas Fired AHU RenewalHigh
Parking Lots - Asphalt paved RenewalHigh
Pedestrian Paving - Concrete & asphalt walkways RenewalHigh
Playing Fields - Sodded sports field RenewalHigh
Plumbing Fixtures - Staff Plumbing Fixtures RenewalHigh
Public Address Systems - P.A. system RenewalHigh
Roadways - Asphalt roadway & concrete curbs RenewalHigh
Signage - Wall mounted & boulevard RenewalHigh
Stormwater Management - Drainage RenewalHigh
Study [Exterior Walls - Localized Deficiencies - Brick Walls]High
Terminal & Package Units - Heat Pumps RenewalHigh
Wall Finishes - Painted RenewalHigh
Ceiling Finishes - Suspended acoustic tile RenewalMedium
Domestic Water Distribution - DHW storage tank RenewalMedium
Exhaust Systems - Exhaust fans RenewalMedium
Fire Protection Specialties - Smokeeaters (6) -Smoke Protection Fans RenewalMedium
Fittings - Millwork RenewalMedium
Interior Stair Construction - Sheet vinyl landings RenewalMedium
Partitions - Moveable - Vinyl partition on stage RenewalMedium
Domestic Water Distribution - Circulation pumps RenewalLow
Domestic Water Distribution - Sump pump (Kitchen) RenewalLow
Fencing & Gates - Precast concrete stairs RenewalLow
Fittings - Auto hoist RenewalLow
Fittings - Basketball retractable hoops RenewalLow
Fittings - Dust collector RenewalLow
Fittings - Horizontal blinds RenewalLow
Fittings - Lockers RenewalLow
Fittings - Smoke Eaters - Air Filtration Units RenewalLow
Fittings - Wood Partitions RenewalLow
Floor Finishes - Gymnasium & stage hardwood RenewalLow
Floor Finishes - Sheet vinyl RenewalLow
Floor Finishes - Vinyl tile RenewalLow
Landscaping - Grassed areas & decorative trees RenewalLow
Other Communications & Alarm Systems - Fiber optics RenewalLow
Partitions - Moveable - Vertical partition in gymnasium RenewalLow
Playing Fields - Unpaved - Playscape No. 1 - Rubber RenewalLow
Playing Fields - Unpaved - Playscape No. 2 - Sand RenewalLow

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