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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
A101004 Standard Foundations Repairs - Parging repairs RenewalUrgent
Auxiliary Equipment - Expansion Tanks RenewalUrgent
Auxiliary Equipment - Stacks & Breaching RenewalUrgent
Distribution Systems - Heated Water Distribution Systems - Piping System RenewalUrgent
Hot Water Boilers - Boiler #1 and Boiler #2 RenewalUrgent
Roof Coverings - Section A2,A3,B4,B5,D1,C,H RenewalUrgent
Air Handling Units - SF #1 RenewalHigh
B101001 Structural Frame - Masonry RenewalHigh
B201014 Exterior Walls - Masonry Re-pointing RenewalHigh
B202005 Exterior Windows - Sealant Replacement RenewalHigh
Branch Wiring RenewalHigh
C1030 - Fittings - Washroom RenewalHigh
C302003 Floor Finishes - Wood -Cork RenewalHigh
Ceiling Finishes - Acoustic Ceiling Tiles - Original Building & Additions 1, 2 and 3 RenewalHigh
Controls and Instrumentation - BAS RenewalHigh
Controls and Instrumentation - Pneumatic RenewalHigh
Distribution Systems - Exhaust Systems - Axial RenewalHigh
Distribution Systems - Exhaust Systems - Centrifugal RenewalHigh
Domestic Water Distribution - Drinking Fountains and Coolers RenewalHigh
Domestic Water Distribution - Pipes and Fittings RenewalHigh
Energy Supply System - Natural Gas RenewalHigh
Exterior Doors - Exits - Hollow Metal and Wood RenewalHigh
Exterior Doors - Hardware RenewalHigh
Exterior Windows - Single Pane Aluminum Units RenewalHigh
Fencing & Gates - Chain link fence RenewalHigh
Fin Tube Radiation Units - Perimeter Heating RenewalHigh
Fittings - Metal Lockers - Original Building & Additions 1 and 2 RenewalHigh
Fittings - Millwork - Original Building & Addtions 1, 2 and 3 RenewalHigh
Floor Finishes - Carpet - Staff Room, Office and Music Room RenewalHigh
Interior Doors - Hardware - Original Building & Additions 1, 2 and 3 RenewalHigh
Interior Doors - Original Building & Additions 1, 2 and 3 - Wood and Hollow Metal RenewalHigh
Lighting Equipment - Exterior RenewalHigh
Lighting and Branch Wiring - Exterior - Pole RenewalHigh
Other Special Systems and Devices - Dust Collector RenewalHigh
Parking Lots - Asphalt Paved - Site RenewalHigh
Pedestrian Paving - Concrete and Asphalt Paved RenewalHigh
Playing Fields - Asphalt - Site - Paved RenewalHigh
Playing Fields - Soccer Field - Sodding, soccer posts - Unpaved RenewalHigh
Plumbing Fixtures - Lavatories RenewalHigh
Plumbing Fixtures - Water Closets RenewalHigh
Roof Top AHU - Cool - Office RenewalHigh
Sanitary Waste - Piping RenewalHigh
Site Civil/Mechanical Utilities RenewalHigh
B308020 Exterior Soffits - & Front Canopy RenewalMedium
C1010 Partitions RenewalMedium
C101003 Partitions - Moveable - Foldable Partition (Classroom) - Lunchroom RenewalMedium
C302004 Floor Finishes - Vinyl Tile RenewalMedium
Domestic Water Distribution - Electric DWH #2 RenewalMedium
Wall Finishes - Painted - Common areas RenewalMedium
Wall Finishes - Painted RenewalMedium
Auxiliary Equipment - Chemical Feed System RenewalLow