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.

Kipling Collegiate Institute (GR. 09-12)

77.72 %

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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.).

Auxiliary Equipment - Expansion Tank RenewalUrgent
Auxiliary Equipment - HVAC Pumps RenewalUrgent
Auxiliary Equipment - Steam Boiler - Heat Exchangers RenewalUrgent
Heating/Chilling water distribution systems RenewalUrgent
Interior Stair Construction RenewalUrgent
Main Switchboards - Main Disconnect RenewalUrgent
Main Switchboards - Main Distribution Panel RenewalUrgent
Roof Coverings - Roof Sections B, C, D RenewalUrgent
Site Civil/Mechanical Utilities - All RenewalUrgent
Standard Foundations - Parging RenewalUrgent
Steam Boilers - Boiler 1 RenewalUrgent
Steam Boilers - Boiler 2 RenewalUrgent
Steam Boilers - Boiler 3 RenewalUrgent
Study [Heating/Chilling water distribution systems]Urgent
Study [Site Civil/Mechanical Utilities - All]Urgent
Air Distribution, Heating & Cooling - 1960 Installation RenewalHigh
Air Handling Units - Central Station AHUs RenewalHigh
Branch Wiring RenewalHigh
Ceiling Finishes - Acoustic Tile RenewalHigh
Ceiling Finishes - Suspended Acoustic Panels RenewalHigh
Controls & Instrumentation - Pneumatic/Electronic RenewalHigh
Domestic Water Distribution - Hot Water Storage Tank RenewalHigh
Domestic Water Distribution - Plumbing Piping System RenewalHigh
Domestic Water Distribution - Softener System RenewalHigh
Domestic Water Distribution - Sump pumps RenewalHigh
Exhaust Systems RenewalHigh
Exterior Doors - Deteriorated - Hollow Metal RenewalHigh
Exterior Doors - Hardware RenewalHigh
Exterior Walls - Localized Deficiencies RenewalHigh
Exterior Windows - Single Glazed RenewalHigh
Fittings - Lockers RenewalHigh
Fittings - Metal Partitions RenewalHigh
Fittings - Millwork RenewalHigh
Floor Finishes - 12x12 Tiles RenewalHigh
Floor Finishes - 9 x 9 Tiles RenewalHigh
Floor Finishes - Carpet RenewalHigh
Floor Finishes - Hardwood RenewalHigh
Interior Doors - Hardware RenewalHigh
Interior Doors - Hollow Metal and Wood RenewalHigh
Lighting Equipment - Emergency Lighting - Wall Mounted Battery Packs RenewalHigh
Lighting Equipment - Exterior Lighting - High Pressure Sodium RenewalHigh
Major Repair [Fencing & Gates - Concrete Stairs]High
Other Communications & Alarm Systems - 2002 Upgrade RenewalHigh
Parking Lots - Asphalt RenewalHigh
Pedestrian Paving - Paved RenewalHigh
Playing Fields - Sports Field RenewalHigh
Plumbing Fixtures - Original Water Closets & Lavatories RenewalHigh
Roadways - Asphalt RenewalHigh
Stormwater Management RenewalHigh
Structural Frame - Localized Deficiency RenewalHigh
Study [Air Distribution, Heating & Cooling - 1960 Installation]High
Study [Branch Wiring]High
Study [Domestic Water Distribution - Plumbing Piping System]High
Study [Stormwater Management]High
Study [Structural Frame - Localized Deficiency]High
Terminal & Package Units RenewalHigh
Wall Finishes - Painted RenewalHigh
Gas Supply System - Gas Piping - Upgrade to Regulations RenewalMedium
Other Fire Protection Systems - Kitchen Suppression RenewalMedium
Partitions - Gymnasium - Powered Moveable RenewalMedium
Partitions - Moveable - Music Room RenewalMedium
Auxiliary Equipment - Chemical Feed System RenewalLow
Ceiling Finishes - Painted - Drywall and Plaster RenewalLow
Controls & Instrumentation - BAS RenewalLow
Exterior Doors - Automatic Devices RenewalLow
Fencing & Gates - Chain Link Fence RenewalLow
Fittings - Security Upgrade RenewalLow
Fittings - Window Coverings - Blinds and Drapes RenewalLow
Pedestrian Paving - Concrete RenewalLow
Playing Fields - Adventure Way Playscape RenewalLow
Playing Fields - Basketball RenewalLow
Playing Fields - Grading & Sod RenewalLow
Playing Fields - Grading & Sod RenewalLow
Playing Fields - Henerson Playscape RenewalLow

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