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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
A101004 Standard Foundations Repairs - Parging repairs RenewalUrgent
Auxiliary Equipment - Expansion Tank RenewalUrgent
Auxiliary Equipment - HVAC Pumps RenewalUrgent
Auxiliary Equipment - Heat Exchanger - Shell & Tube RenewalUrgent
B3010 Roof Coverings - EPDM/Inverted -Section B1,D RenewalUrgent
Hot Water Boilers - Boiler #1, #2 and #3 RenewalUrgent
Hot Water Boilers - DHW Boiler RenewalUrgent
Air Distribution, Heating & Cooling - Duct System RenewalHigh
Air Handling Units - All RenewalHigh
Auxiliary Equipment - Chemical Feed System RenewalHigh
Auxiliary Equipment - Stack & Breaching RenewalHigh
B201011 Exterior Walls - Joint Sealant RenewalHigh
B201014 Exterior Walls - Masonry Re-pointing RenewalHigh
B203008 Exterior Doors - Hardware RenewalHigh
B3010 Roof Coverings - Metal Roof Assembly System - Sections A, BD1, BD2, BD3, BD4, C1, CE1, CE2, CE3, D, DG1, DG2 RenewalHigh
C103016 Fittings - Bleachers RenewalHigh
C302003 Floor Finishes - Wood - Stage RenewalHigh
C302004 Floor Finishes - Vinyl Tile RenewalHigh
Controls & Instrumentation - BAS RenewalHigh
Controls and Instrumentation - Pneumatic RenewalHigh
Cooling Generating Systems - Cooling Condenser - Office RenewalHigh
Cooling Generating Systems - Window AC RenewalHigh
Distribution Systems - Exhaust Systems - Axial RenewalHigh
Domestic Water Distribution - DHW Storage Tank RenewalHigh
Domestic Water Distribution - Eyewash Stations RenewalHigh
Domestic Water Distribution - Plumbing Piping System RenewalHigh
Electrical Service and Distribution - Secondary Transformers RenewalHigh
Exterior Doors - Hollow Metal RenewalHigh
Exterior Windows - Original RenewalHigh
Floor Finishes - Carpet RenewalHigh
Floor Finishes - Sheet Vinyl RenewalHigh
G204001 Fencing and Gates - Chain Link Fence RenewalHigh
Gas Supply System - Piping RenewalHigh
Main Switchboards - Main Disconnect & Main Distribution Panel RenewalHigh
Perimeter Heating - Terminal Units RenewalHigh
Plumbing Fixtures - Bradley Basins RenewalHigh
Plumbing Fixtures - Lavatories RenewalHigh
Plumbing Fixtures - Urinals RenewalHigh
Plumbing Fixtures - Water Closets RenewalHigh
Plumbing Fixtures - Water Coolers RenewalHigh
Wall Finishes - Painted - Drywall and Concrete Block RenewalHigh
Branch Wiring RenewalMedium
C1010 Partitions RenewalMedium
C101003 Partitions - Moveable - Foldable Partition (GYM) - New RenewalMedium
C102007 Interior Doors - Hardware RenewalMedium
C103001 Fittings - Washroom Partitions - Water Closet RenewalMedium
C103002 Fittings - Washroom Accessories RenewalMedium
C103010 Fittings - Millwork - Laboratories RenewalMedium
C302001 Floor Finishes - Ceramic RenewalMedium
Fire Protection Specialties - Kitchen Suppresion Systems RenewalMedium
Fittings - Millwork RenewalMedium
Interior Doors - Wood & Metal RenewalMedium
Domestic Water Distribution - DHW Tanks RenewalLow
Fencing & Gates - Hollow Steel Control Gate RenewalLow
Fittings - Lockers Not Built - In RenewalLow
Fittings - Lockers RenewalLow
Fittings - Window Coverings - Drapes RenewalLow
Floor Finishes - Gym 1,2,3 - Hardwood RenewalLow
Landscaping RenewalLow
Pedestrian Paving - Asphalt RenewalLow
Pedestrian Paving - Concrete RenewalLow
Playing Fields - Unpaved - Football Field RenewalLow
Playing Fields - Unpaved - Track RenewalLow
Signage - Wall Mounted & Freestanding RenewalLow