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Please note: We will be publishing updates for the Facility Condition Index and Renewal Needs Backlog sometime in the Spring of 2021.

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Facility Condition Index

2019 (calendar year)

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.

72.22 %

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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 23,400 different repairs needed in our schools. The total value of those repairs was $3.5 billion as of October 2019.

For the 2019-2020 school year, the TDSB will receive $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 - Expansion tank RenewalUrgent
Auxiliary Equipment - Old Chimney RenewalUrgent
Domestic Water Distribution - Remaining 60% RenewalUrgent
Domestic Water Distribution - Sump Pumps (2 Units) RenewalUrgent
Exterior Doors & Hardware RenewalUrgent
Exterior Doors - Overhead RenewalUrgent
Fencing & Gates - Chain Link Fence RenewalUrgent
Fittings - Lockers RenewalUrgent
Fittings - Millwork RenewalUrgent
Fittings - Washroom Partitions RenewalUrgent
Floor Finishes - Carpet RenewalUrgent
Floor Finishes - Vinyl Tile RenewalUrgent
Heating/Chilling water distribution systems - Original Building RenewalUrgent
Hot Water Boilers - Boiler #1 RenewalUrgent
Hot Water Boilers - Boiler #2 RenewalUrgent
Hot Water Boilers - DHW Boiler #3 RenewalUrgent
Hot Water Boilers - DHW Boiler #4 RenewalUrgent
Interior Stair Construction RenewalUrgent
Major Repair [Exterior Walls - Localized Deficiencies]Urgent
Major Repair [Standard Foundations - Localized Deficiencies]Urgent
Major Repair [Structural Frame - Localized Deficiencies ]Urgent
Other Special Systems and Devices - Boiler Room RenewalUrgent
Playing Fields - Track RenewalUrgent
Playing Fields - Unpaved RenewalUrgent
Retaining Walls RenewalUrgent
Site Civil/Mechanical Utilities - Hydro, Gas & Water RenewalUrgent
Site Development - Concrete Exterior Stairs RenewalUrgent
Study [Domestic Water Distribution - Remaining 60%]Urgent
Study [Site Civil/Mechanical Utilities - Hydro, Gas & Water]Urgent
Study [Standard Foundations - Localized Deficiencies]Urgent
Study [Structural Frame - Localized Deficiencies ]Urgent
Air Distribution, Heating & Cooling - Duct Systems RenewalHigh
Air Handling Units - Original Bldg + Adds. (Approx. 9 units) RenewalHigh
Branch Wiring RenewalHigh
Ceiling Finishes - Suspended Acoustic Tiles RenewalHigh
Controls & Instrumentation - BAS RenewalHigh
Exhaust Systems - Exhaust Fans RenewalHigh
Fittings - Double Gym RenewalHigh
Floor Finishes - Terrazzo RenewalHigh
Floor Finishes - Vinyl Tile RenewalHigh
Interior Doors & Hardware RenewalHigh
Lighting Equipment - Battery Pack RenewalHigh
Lighting Equipment - Wall Mounted & Pole Mounted RenewalHigh
Major Repair [Partitions - Localized Deficiencies]High
Parking Lots RenewalHigh
Pedestrian Paving RenewalHigh
Roadways - North Roadway RenewalHigh
Roof Coverings - Section C5,I2 RenewalHigh
Stormwater Management - Hydro Vault RenewalHigh
Study [Branch Wiring]High
Terminal & Package Units - Throughout building RenewalHigh
Wall Finishes - Painted RenewalHigh
Elevators & Lifts - Wheelchair Lift RenewalMedium
Fittings - Auditorium Seating RenewalMedium
Partitions - Classrooms RenewalMedium
Partitions - Concrete Walls RenewalMedium
Structural Frame - 1928 Building RenewalMedium
Study [Structural Frame - 1928 Building]Medium
Wall Finishes - Ceramic Tile RenewalMedium
Ceiling Finishes - Gymnasium RenewalLow
Fencing & Gates - 3 Sets RenewalLow
Fittings - Auto Shop (3 units, 1 floor unit) RenewalLow
Fittings - Wood Shop RenewalLow
Parking Lots - North Parking Lot RenewalLow
Roadways - South Parking Area RenewalLow
Study [Terminal & Package Units]Low

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