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Facility Condition Index

2022 -2023

The Facility Condition Index (FCI) rating is a measurement of the condition of a school building. It does not reflect on the safety of the building.

The health and safety of students, staff and community members are our top priority when planning school repairs. Our Facility Services staff works year-round to ensure our schools are safe regardless of their FCI rating.

Almost half of TDSB school buildings were built more than 60 years ago. Older schools often have a higher FCI rating as some building components such as walls, lights, floors and ventilation systems may require major repairs or replacement.

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

Renewal Needs Backlog

The Toronto District School Board’s Renewal Needs Backlog (RNB) list identifies approximately 20,400 different repairs needed in our schools. The total value of those repairs was $4.2 billion as of March 2023.

For the 2022-2023 school year, the TDSB  received $292 million in provincial funding. These funds will be used to replace/repair building components identified during the Ministry’s school inspections, helping reduce the FCI of school buildings.

It is important to understand that these repairs do not represent a health or safety concern. Safety is a top priority for us at the TDSB and our maintenance plans are always focused on providing safe places for our students and staff. In order to do that, we fix the most critical problems related to health and safety first. Also, while components in a school building may be past their life expectancy (e.g. water boiler), they are in good condition and meet all required safety codes.


Urgent Building systems that are in critical condition and have surpassed their useful service life. These systems are very important to the operation of the building (e.g. boilers, other heat generating systems, fire alarm, sprinkler system, standpipe system, public address system, roofing, etc.). Although there is no specific timeframe to repair/replace these systems, it is recommended to do it as soon as funding becomes available.
High Building systems that are in critical or poor condition and their importance to the operation of the building is less than those classified as “urgent” (e.g. brick work, exterior doors, exterior windows, rooftop units, etc.). There is no specific timeframe to repair/replace these systems; however, repair/replacement is recommended as soon as funding becomes available.
Medium Building systems that are in fair condition with low importance to the operation of the building (e.g. 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 (e.g. wall partitions, interior wall finishes, interior doors, fences, etc.).
Brief DescriptionPriority
Auxiliary Equipment - Heat Exchanger - DHW RenewalUrgent
C2010 Stair Construction - Metal framed and concrete framed - Older RenewalUrgent
Roof Coverings - Section B2,B5 RenewalUrgent
Secondary Transformers RenewalUrgent
Steam Boilers - Boiler #3 (Pool) RenewalUrgent
Auxiliary Equipment - Stacks & Breaching RenewalHigh
C302004 Floor Finishes - Vinyl Tile RenewalHigh
Ceiling Finishes - Suspended Tiles - 1983 and earlier additions RenewalHigh
Controls and Instrumentation - BAS RenewalHigh
Distribution Systems - Exhaust Systems - Axial RenewalHigh
Domestic Water Distribution - DHW Storage Tanks - Building and Pool RenewalHigh
Domestic Water Distribution - Pipes and Fittings RenewalHigh
Electrical Service and Distribution - Panelboards RenewalHigh
Energy Supply System - Natural Gas RenewalHigh
Exhaust Systems - Centrifugal RenewalHigh
Exterior Doors - Hardware RenewalHigh
Exterior Doors RenewalHigh
Exterior Walls - Brick RenewalHigh
Exterior Walls - 1991 construction RenewalHigh
Fencing & Gates - Chain Link Fence & Wrought iron fence RenewalHigh
Fittings - Approximately 500 Lockers RenewalHigh
Floor Finishes - Classrooms - 70% of classrooms RenewalHigh
G204001 Fencing and Gates - Wrought Iron Fencing RenewalHigh
Heat Generating - Electric Baseboard Heaters RenewalHigh
Interior Door - Hardware RenewalHigh
Interior Doors - 1950-1991 Constructions - 42 Doors RenewalHigh
Lighting and Branch Wiring - Branch Wiring - Cabling, Raceways & Bus Ducts Low Density RenewalHigh
Lighting and Branch Wiring - Exterior Lighting - Wall Mounted RenewalHigh
Lighting and Branch Wiring - Stage Lighting RenewalHigh
Plumbing Fixtures - Bradley Basins RenewalHigh
Plumbing Fixtures - Water Closets RenewalHigh
Rain Water Drainage RenewalHigh
Roadways - East laneway RenewalHigh
Roof Top AHU - Cool - RTU #3 and #4 RenewalHigh
Sanitary Waste RenewalHigh
Steam Boilers - Boilers #1 and #2 RenewalHigh
Terminal and Package Units - Unit Ventilators RenewalHigh
Wall Finishes - Painted - 1950-1983 constructions RenewalHigh
C1010 Partitions - Localized Deficiencies RenewalMedium
C101003 Partitions - Moveable - Foldable Partition (GYM) RenewalMedium
C1030 - Fittings - Washroom - Older RenewalMedium
Fittings - Millwork RenewalMedium
Parking Lots - West & Southeast parking lots RenewalMedium
Pedestrian Paving - Pavers,Concrete & asphalt walkways RenewalMedium
Plumbing Fixtures - Urinals RenewalMedium
Floor Finishes - Ceramic - Pool RenewalLow
Plumbing Fixtures - Lavatories RenewalLow
Signage - Wall Mounted School Sign & Information Sign RenewalLow