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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
Air Handling Units - Original RenewalUrgent
Controls & Instrumentation - Pneumatic Control Device RenewalUrgent
Domestic Water Distribution - DHW Pump & Sump Pump RenewalUrgent
Domestic Water Distribution - Pipes and Fittings - 1966 to 1977 RenewalUrgent
Fittings - Lockers RenewalUrgent
Floor Finishes - Hardwood RenewalUrgent
Terminal & Package Units - Herman Nelson RenewalUrgent
Exhaust Systems - Exhausters RenewalHigh
Exterior Doors & Hardware RenewalHigh
Exterior Walls - Localized Deficiencies RenewalHigh
Parking Lots - Asphalt RenewalHigh
Partitions - Localized Deficiencies RenewalHigh
Playing Fields - Asphalt RenewalHigh
Playing Fields - Sodding RenewalHigh
Roadways - Asphalt RenewalHigh
Roof Coverings - Section A,A1,A2,C RenewalHigh
Roof Coverings - Section B,B1 RenewalHigh
Stormwater Management - Grading & Catch Basin RenewalHigh
Structural Frame - Localized Deficiency RenewalHigh
Auxiliary Equipment - Expansion Tanks RenewalMedium
Ceiling Finishes - Acoustic Tile RenewalMedium
Electrical Service and Distribution - Panel (600, 220, 120 V) - 1966 to 1977 RenewalMedium
Fittings - Metal Partition RenewalMedium
Fittings - Millwork RenewalMedium
Floor Finishes - Vinyl Tiles RenewalMedium
Heating/Chilling water distribution systems RenewalMedium
Interior Doors RenewalMedium
Partitions - Gymnasium RenewalMedium
Pedestrian Paving - Concrete & Asphalt RenewalMedium
Site Civil/Mechanical Utilities RenewalMedium
Wall Finishes - Paint RenewalMedium
Air Distribution, Heating & Cooling RenewalLow
Chilled Water Systems - Original Building RenewalLow
Controls & Instrumentation - BAS RenewalLow
Fencing & Gates - Chain Link Fence RenewalLow
Fencing & Gates - Concrete Stairs RenewalLow
Fittings - Blinds RenewalLow
Fittings - Dust Collector RenewalLow
Floor Finishes - Carpet RenewalLow
Interior Doors - Hardware RenewalLow
Pedestrian Paving - Barrier Gate RenewalLow
Rain Water Drainage - 1966 to 1977 RenewalLow
Sanitary Waste - 1966 to 1977 RenewalLow
Signage RenewalLow