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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 - Shell & Tube RenewalUrgent
Auxiliary Equipment - Stack & Breaching - Boiler #5 RenewalUrgent
B302006 Roof Openings - Skyligts Domed Acrylic RenewalUrgent
Distribution Systems - Heated Water Distribution Systems - Piping System RenewalUrgent
Heat Generating - Hot Water Boilers - Boiler #5 RenewalUrgent
Roof Coverings - Section DG1 RenewalUrgent
Secondary - Secondary Transformers RenewalUrgent
Underground Utilities - Site RenewalUrgent
Air Distribution, Heating & Cooling - Duct System RenewalHigh
Air Handling Units - AHU No. 2 thru No. 15 RenewalHigh
B201011 Exterior Walls - Joint Sealant - Older RenewalHigh
B201014 Exterior Walls - Masonry Re-pointing - Ceramic Tile Pool RenewalHigh
B201014 Exterior Walls - Masonry Re-pointing RenewalHigh
B203004 Exterior Doors - Overhead RenewalHigh
C1030 - Fittings - Washroom RenewalHigh
C103009 Fittings - Millwork - Classrooms RenewalHigh
C103017 Fittings - Auditorium Seating RenewalHigh
C302004 Floor Finishes - Vinyl Tile RenewalHigh
Ceiling Finishes - Suspended and Acoustic RenewalHigh
Controls and Instrumentation - Pneumatic RenewalHigh
Distribution Systems - Exhaust Systems - Axial RenewalHigh
Distribution Systems - Exhaust Systems - Centrifugal RenewalHigh
Domestic Water Distribution - Pipes and Fittings RenewalHigh
Domestic Water Distribution - Water Storage Tank - Building RenewalHigh
Exterior Doors - Hardware RenewalHigh
Exterior Doors RenewalHigh
Exterior Walls - Metal Panels - Original Building and Additions 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 & 7 RenewalHigh
Fencing & Gates - Chain Link Fence RenewalHigh
Fin Tube Radiation Units - Perimeter Heating RenewalHigh
Fittings - Bleachers - Gym RenewalHigh
Fittings - Lockers - Original Building and Additions 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 & 7 RenewalHigh
Fittings - Millwork - Labs RenewalHigh
Floor Finishes - Carpet - Music Room, Auditorium RenewalHigh
Floor Finishes - Terrazzo - Localized Cracking RenewalHigh
Interior Doors - Hardware RenewalHigh
Interior Doors - Original Building and Additions 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 & 7 RenewalHigh
Lighting Equipment - Exterior - Wall RenewalHigh
Parking Lots - Asphalt Paved - Site RenewalHigh
Pedestrian Paving - Asphalt Paved - Site RenewalHigh
Playing Fields - Track & Field - Unpaved RenewalHigh
Plumbing Fixtures - Bradley Basins RenewalHigh
Plumbing Fixtures - Lavatories RenewalHigh
Plumbing Fixtures - Water Closets RenewalHigh
Retaining Walls - Site RenewalHigh
Roadways - Asphalt Paved - Site RenewalHigh
Roof Top AHU - Cool - Carrier RenewalHigh
Sanitary Waste - Piping RenewalHigh
Terminal and Package Units - Unit Ventilators RenewalHigh
Wall Finishes - Painted RenewalHigh
B3010 Roof Coverings - Section AC1,AC2,AC3 RenewalMedium
B308020 Exterior Soffits - Pool RenewalMedium
Branch Wiring RenewalMedium
C1010 Partitions - Localized deficiencies RenewalMedium
C101003 Partitions - Moveable - Foldable Partition (GYM) RenewalMedium
Fire Protection Specialties - Kitchen Suppression System RenewalMedium
Stormwater Management RenewalMedium
Ceiling Finishes - Gypsum Board Ceiling - Upgrade Failed Auditorium Ceiling and Lighting System RenewalLow
Cooling Generating Systems - Condenser #1, #2, #3 and #4 RenewalLow
Domestic Water Distribution - Drinking Fountains and Coolers RenewalLow
Domestic Water Distribution - Sump Pumps RenewalLow
Playing Fields - Little Tykes Playscape - Unpaved RenewalLow