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Facility Condition Index

2020 -2021

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 $3.7 billion as of May 2021.

For the 2020-2021 school year, the TDSB  received $312 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 - Chemical Feed System RenewalUrgent
Auxiliary Equipment - Expansion Tanks 3 & 4 RenewalUrgent
Auxiliary Equipment - HVAC Circ Pumps RenewalUrgent
B201011 Exterior Walls - Joint Sealant RenewalUrgent
Exterior Windows RenewalUrgent
Floor Finishes - Hardwood RenewalUrgent
Hot Water Boilers - Boiler - 1 RenewalUrgent
Hot Water Boilers - Boiler - 2 RenewalUrgent
Main Switchboards RenewalUrgent
Other Heat Generating Systems - AHU CLG Office RenewalUrgent
Other Heat Generating Systems - Pod classrooms - RT AHU CLG 2 RenewalUrgent
Roof Coverings - Section A,C3,C4 RenewalUrgent
Air Handling Units - Classrooms RenewalHigh
Air Handling Units - General purpose room RenewalHigh
Air Handling Units - Resource Centre RenewalHigh
B2030 Exterior Doors - Hollow Metal RenewalHigh
B308020 Exterior Soffits RenewalHigh
C1030 - Fittings - Washroom - Older RenewalHigh
Ceiling Finishes - Acoustic Tiles RenewalHigh
D201003 Plumbing Fixtures - Lavatories RenewalHigh
D304007 Distribution Systems - Exhaust Systems RenewalHigh
D306003 Controls and Instrumentation - Pneumatic RenewalHigh
D502001 Lighting and Branch Wiring - Branch Wiring RenewalHigh
D509097 Other Special Systems and Devices - Dust Collector RenewalHigh
Domestic Water Distribution - Backflow Preventers RenewalHigh
Energy Supply - Gas Piping System RenewalHigh
Exterior Doors - Hardware RenewalHigh
Fencing & Gates - Chain link fence RenewalHigh
Fittings - Lockers RenewalHigh
Fittings - Millwork RenewalHigh
Floor Finishes- Terrazzo RenewalHigh
Interior Doors RenewalHigh
Interior Doors - Hardware - 35 doors RenewalHigh
Major Repair [Partitions - Localized Deficiencies]High
Parking Lots - Paved -West & SW RenewalHigh
Pedestrian Paving - Asphalt & concrete walkways RenewalHigh
Playing Fields - Paved RenewalHigh
Playing Fields - Unpaved RenewalHigh
Roadways - Bus loop RenewalHigh
Stair Finishes RenewalHigh
Study [Partitions - Localized Deficiencies]High
Terminal & Package Units - Fin tube cabinets, Fan forced unit & Unit heaters RenewalHigh
Wall Finishes - Paint RenewalHigh
C101003 Partitions - Moveable - Foldable Partition (GYM) RenewalMedium
D202031 Domestic Water Distribution - Electric Hot Water Heaters RenewalMedium
Stormwater Management - Storm Sewer RenewalMedium

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