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.

Sir Wilfrid Laurier Collegiate Institute (GR. 09-12)

20.84 %

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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.).

Fire Alarm Systems RenewalUrgent
Roof Coverings - Section A, A1 RenewalUrgent
Roof Coverings - Section B, B1, C2, D RenewalUrgent
Roof Coverings - Section C3 RenewalUrgent
Roof Coverings - Section D1, D2, D3 RenewalUrgent
Roof Coverings - Section E RenewalUrgent
Auxiliary Equipment - HVAC Pumps [1] RenewalHigh
Ceiling Finishes - 12" x 12" Tiles RenewalHigh
Ceiling Finishes - Original Suspended Panels RenewalHigh
Controls & Instrumentation - BAS System RenewalHigh
Exterior Doors - Hardware RenewalHigh
Exterior Doors - Hollow Metal Doors RenewalHigh
Exterior Walls - Control Joints RenewalHigh
Exterior Walls - Masonry RenewalHigh
Exterior Windows - Aluminum Windows RenewalHigh
Fencing & Gates - Chain Link Fence RenewalHigh
Fencing & Gates - South Staircase - Pool Building RenewalHigh
Fittings - Gymnasium Bleachers RenewalHigh
Fittings - Hollow Metal Partitions RenewalHigh
Floor Finishes - Carpet RenewalHigh
Floor Finishes - Hardwood RenewalHigh
Floor Finishes - Vinyl Tile - Deteriorated Tiles RenewalHigh
Interior Doors - Wood RenewalHigh
Interior Doors - Hardware RenewalHigh
Main Switchboards - Main Disconnect RenewalHigh
Major Repair [Basement Walls - Concrete Block]High
Major Repair [Exterior Walls - Exterior Soffits]High
Major Repair [Exterior Walls - Precast Panels - Localized Deficiencies ]High
Other Heat Generating Systems - HVAC Pool Chg Rm RenewalHigh
Parking Lots - North, West & South Lots RenewalHigh
Playing Fields - Sports Field and Track - Unpaved RenewalHigh
Roadways - Driveways and Drop-off RenewalHigh
Study [Basement Walls - Concrete Block]High
Terminal & Package Units RenewalHigh
Auxiliary Equipment - Humidifiers RenewalMedium
Domestic Water Distribution - DHW Heaters RenewalMedium
Domestic Water Distribution - Sump Pumps RenewalMedium
Domestic Water Distribution RenewalMedium
Exhaust Systems - Ventilation Fans RenewalMedium
Fittings - Auditorium Seating RenewalMedium
Fittings - Lockers RenewalMedium
Fittings - Millwork - 1964 Construction RenewalMedium
Floor Finishes - Ceramic Tile RenewalMedium
Landscaping - Original Landscaping RenewalMedium
Other Special Systems and Devices - Sawdust Collector RenewalMedium
Plumbing Fixtures - Washroom RenewalMedium
Study [Branch Wiring]Medium
Study [Domestic Water Distribution - Plumbing Piping System]Medium
Wall Finishes - Ceramic Wall Tiles RenewalMedium
Wall Finishes - Paint & Plaster RenewalMedium
Cooling Generating Systems - Window A/C Units RenewalLow
Domestic Water Distribution - Backflow Preventers RenewalLow

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