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.

Winona Drive Senior Public School (GR. 07-08)

117.04 %

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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.).

Air Handling Units - Aged Exhaust Fan RenewalUrgent
Air Handling Units - Supply Fans RenewalUrgent
Auxiliary Equipment - Chimney and exterior stack RenewalUrgent
Auxiliary Equipment - Circulation Pumps RenewalUrgent
Domestic Water Distribution - All RenewalUrgent
Domestic Water Distribution - Tank RenewalUrgent
Elevators & Lifts RenewalUrgent
Energy Supply RenewalUrgent
Exterior Doors & Hardware RenewalUrgent
Fencing & Gates - Exterior Concrete Stairs RenewalUrgent
Fencing & Gates - Fence RenewalUrgent
Fittings - Lockers RenewalUrgent
Fittings - Millwork RenewalUrgent
Floor Finishes - Ceramic Tile RenewalUrgent
Floor Finishes - Sheet Vinyl RenewalUrgent
Floor Finishes - Terrazzo RenewalUrgent
Floor Finishes - Vinyl Tile RenewalUrgent
Heating/Chilling water distribution systems RenewalUrgent
Hot Water Boilers - Boiler #1 RenewalUrgent
Hot Water Boilers - Boiler #2 RenewalUrgent
Hot Water Boilers - Boiler #3 RenewalUrgent
Hot Water Boilers - Boiler #4 RenewalUrgent
Interior Stair Construction RenewalUrgent
Lighting Equipment - Emergency RenewalUrgent
Lighting Equipment - Exterior RenewalUrgent
Lighting Equipment - Pool RenewalUrgent
Major Repair [Exterior Walls - Localized Deficiencies ]Urgent
Major Repair [Standard Foundations - Localized Deficiencies]Urgent
Playing Fields - Unpaved RenewalUrgent
Replace [Exterior Windows - Original Remaining]Urgent
Replace [Retaining Walls]Urgent
Roof Coverings - Section A,A1,A2,AB RenewalUrgent
Roof Coverings - Section B,C,D RenewalUrgent
Site Civil/Mechanical Utilities - Sanitary Lines RenewalUrgent
Site Development - Signage RenewalUrgent
Study [Domestic Water Distribution - All]Urgent
Study [Heating/Chilling water distribution systems]Urgent
Study [Standard Foundations - Localized Deficiencies]Urgent
Branch Wiring RenewalHigh
Ceiling Finishes - Acoustic Ceiling Tile RenewalHigh
Ceiling Finishes - Paint RenewalHigh
Interior Doors & Hardware RenewalHigh
Parking Lots - Original Building RenewalHigh
Playing Fields - Paved RenewalHigh
Plumbing Fixtures RenewalHigh
Stormwater Management - Original Building RenewalHigh
Study [Branch Wiring]High
Wall Finishes - Paint RenewalHigh
Major Repair [Partitions - Localized Deficiencies]Medium
Parking Lots - Curbs RenewalLow
Roadways - Original Building RenewalLow

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