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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.

55.10 %

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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
Heating/Chilling water distribution systems - Piping RenewalUrgent
Interior Stair Construction RenewalUrgent
Lighting Equipment - Emergency RenewalUrgent
Other Special Plumbing Systems - Heat Exchangers RenewalUrgent
Other Special Plumbing Systems - Pool Pumps RenewalUrgent
Air Handling Units - Mechanical RenewalHigh
Auxiliary Equipment - Aged - HVAC Pumps RenewalHigh
Ceiling Finishes - Acoustic Tile Ceiling RenewalHigh
Controls & Instrumentation - Pneumatics - Air Compressors & Dryers RenewalHigh
Domestic Water Distribution - Plumbing Piping System RenewalHigh
Elevators & Lifts - Elevator #1 RenewalHigh
Exterior Doors & Hardware RenewalHigh
Exterior Doors - Overhead Doors RenewalHigh
Exterior Walls - Localized Deficiencies RenewalHigh
Exterior Windows - Single Glazed RenewalHigh
Fencing & Gates - Concrete Stairs and Ramps RenewalHigh
Fittings - Lockers RenewalHigh
Fittings - Millwork RenewalHigh
Fittings - Washroom Accessories RenewalHigh
Floor Finishes - Vinyl Tile RenewalHigh
Interior Doors & Hardware RenewalHigh
Lighting Equipment - Exterior RenewalHigh
Main Switchboards RenewalHigh
Major Repair [Air Distribution, Heating & Cooling - Duct System]High
Major Repair [Pedestrian Paving - Asphalt and Concrete]High
Major Repair [Superstructure- Structural Frame & Interior Structural Walls - Localized Deficiencies]High
Playing Fields - Sports Fields and Track RenewalHigh
Retaining Walls - Timber Retaining Wall RenewalHigh
Roadways - Main driveway RenewalHigh
Roof Coverings - Section - Remaining RenewalHigh
Roof Coverings - Section F1,F2 RenewalHigh
Secondary RenewalHigh
Stormwater Management - 1960 Construction RenewalHigh
Study [Superstructure- Structural Frame & Interior Structural Walls - Localized Deficiencies]High
Terminal & Package Units RenewalHigh
Wall Finishes - Paint RenewalHigh
Auxiliary Equipment - Expansion Tanks RenewalMedium
Branch Wiring RenewalMedium
Exterior Windows RenewalMedium
Floor Finishes - Ceramic Tile RenewalMedium
Floor Finishes - Hardwood RenewalMedium
Floor Finishes - Terrazzo RenewalMedium
Major Repair [Exterior Walls]Medium
Major Repair [Partitions - Localized Deficiencies]Medium
Other Special Systems and Devices - Sawdust Collector RenewalMedium
Partitions - Movable Double gymnasiums & Classrooms RenewalMedium
Plumbing Fixtures - Original Fixtures RenewalMedium
Study [Branch Wiring]Medium
Ceiling Finishes - Suspended Acoustic Panel RenewalLow
Controls & Instrumentation - BAS RenewalLow
Domestic Water Distribution - Backflow Preventer RenewalLow
Exterior Doors - Automatic Devices RenewalLow
Exterior Doors - Hollow Metal Doors - Hardware RenewalLow
Fencing & Gates - Perimeter Fencing RenewalLow
Fittings - Lockers & Chalkboards RenewalLow
Fittings - Window Coverings RenewalLow
Interior Doors - Wood and Hollow Metal Doors - Hardware RenewalLow
Major Repair [Standard Foundations - Localized Deficiencies] 
Other Cooling Generating Systems - RT A/C COND Units RenewalLow
Pedestrian Paving - Automatic Lift Gates RenewalLow
Rain Water Drainage - Sump Pumps RenewalLow
Signage - Wall mounted and boulevard signs RenewalLow

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