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 Mills Collegiate Institute (GR. 10-12)

75.26 %

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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 Tanks RenewalUrgent
Auxiliary Equipment - HVAC Pumps RenewalUrgent
Heating/Chilling water distribution systems RenewalUrgent
Hot Water Boilers - Boiler #1 RenewalUrgent
Hot Water Boilers - Boiler #2 RenewalUrgent
Hot Water Boilers - Summer Boiler #1 RenewalUrgent
Interior Stair Construction - Original Building RenewalUrgent
Roof Coverings - Section A5,C2,C7 RenewalUrgent
Secondary Switchboards RenewalUrgent
Site Civil/Mechanical Utilities RenewalUrgent
Standard Foundations - Water Infiltration RenewalUrgent
Standpipe Systems - Original Building RenewalUrgent
Study [Heating/Chilling water distribution systems]Urgent
Study [Site Civil/Mechanical Utilities]Urgent
Study [Standard Foundations - Water Infiltration]Urgent
Study [Standpipe Systems - Original Building]Urgent
Air Distribution, Heating & Cooling - Duct System RenewalHigh
Air Handling Units - Central AHUs RenewalHigh
Auxiliary Equipment - Chemical Feed System RenewalHigh
Auxiliary Equipment - Stacks and Breaching RenewalHigh
Branch Wiring - Original Building RenewalHigh
Ceiling Finishes - Acoustic Tiles & Suspended Ceiling Tiles RenewalHigh
Ceiling Finishes - Original Building - Painted Gypsum Board RenewalHigh
Controls & Instrumentation - Original Building - BAS RenewalHigh
Cooling Generating Systems - Self-Contained AHU - New Music RM Cooling RenewalHigh
Domestic Water Distribution - Hot Water Storage Tanks RenewalHigh
Domestic Water Distribution - Plumbing Piping System RenewalHigh
Exhaust Systems RenewalHigh
Exterior Doors - Hardware RenewalHigh
Exterior Doors - Original Building - Hollow Metal RenewalHigh
Exterior Walls - Localized Deficiency RenewalHigh
Exterior Windows - Original Building RenewalHigh
Fencing & Gates - Chain Link Fence RenewalHigh
Fittings - Washroom Partitions - Metal and Wood RenewalHigh
Floor Finishes - Carpet - 9X9 Tile RenewalHigh
Floor Finishes - Concrete RenewalHigh
Floor Finishes - Hardwood RenewalHigh
Floor Finishes - Vinyl Tiles RenewalHigh
Interior Doors - Hardware RenewalHigh
Interior Doors - Original Building - Wood and Hollow Metal RenewalHigh
Lighting Equipment - Exit LED RenewalHigh
Lighting Equipment - Exterior HID Dixtures and Incandescent RenewalHigh
Other Special Systems and Devices - Dust Collector RenewalHigh
Parking Lots - Concrete Curbs RenewalHigh
Pedestrian Paving - Concrete RenewalHigh
Playing Fields - Unpaved RenewalHigh
Roof Coverings - Section A8,A9,C1 RenewalHigh
Study [Air Distribution, Heating & Cooling - Duct System]High
Study [Branch Wiring - Original Building]High
Study [Domestic Water Distribution - Plumbing Piping System]High
Terminal & Package Units - Force Flow Heaters RenewalHigh
Wall Finishes - Painted Masonry and Drywall RenewalHigh
Exterior Walls RenewalMedium
Fire Protection Specialties - Kitchen Suppression System RenewalMedium
Hot Water Boilers - Boiler #3 RenewalMedium
Main Switchboards - Original Building RenewalMedium
Main Transformers RenewalMedium
Other Communications & Alarm Systems - Original Building RenewalMedium
Parking Lots - Asphalt RenewalMedium
Roadways RenewalMedium
Air Handling Units - RTU RenewalLow
Air Handling Units - RTUs RenewalLow
Floor Finishes - Sheet Vinyl RenewalLow
Other Special Plumbing Systems - Original Building RenewalLow
Other Special Plumbing Systems - Original Building RenewalLow
Partitions - Millwork - Theatre Safety & Equip Upgrades RenewalLow
Partitions - Original Building RenewalLow
Plumbing Fixtures RenewalLow
Rain Water Drainage - Sump Pumps (3) RenewalLow
Stormwater Management RenewalLow
Unit Ventilators RenewalLow
Wall Finishes - Painted [2] RenewalLow

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