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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.

35.45 %

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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 - Stacks RenewalUrgent
Roof Coverings - Section F RenewalUrgent
Standard Foundations - Localized Repairs RenewalUrgent
Ceiling Finishes - Acoustic Sprayed RenewalHigh
Ceiling Finishes - Acoustic Tile Ceiling RenewalHigh
Elevators & Lifts - Vertical Movement RenewalHigh
Exterior Doors - Hardware RenewalHigh
Exterior Doors - Hollow Metal Doors RenewalHigh
Exterior Windows RenewalHigh
Fencing & Gates - Chain link fence RenewalHigh
Fencing & Gates - Exterior Stairs RenewalHigh
Fittings - Washroom Accessories RenewalHigh
Floor Finishes - Carpet RenewalHigh
Lighting Equipment - Exterior RenewalHigh
Major Repair [Exterior Walls - Localized Deficiencies]High
Parking Lots - Paved RenewalHigh
Roadways - Asphalt Paved RenewalHigh
Signage RenewalHigh
Terminal & Package Units - Fan Coil Units & Force Flow Heaters RenewalHigh
Terminal & Package Units - Ventilation & Exhaust Fans RenewalHigh
Branch Wiring RenewalMedium
Fittings - Millwork RenewalMedium
Floor Finishes - Hardwood RenewalMedium
Floor Finishes - Seamless Epoxy RenewalMedium
Floor Finishes - Sheet Floor RenewalMedium
Floor Finishes - Vinyl Composition Tiles RenewalMedium
Hot Water Boilers - Boiler #2 DHW RenewalMedium
Interior Doors - Hardware RenewalMedium
Interior Doors - Wood & Metal RenewalMedium
Major Repair [Ceiling Finishes - Painted Gypsum Board]Medium
Major Repair [Floor Finishes - CeramicTile]Medium
Major Repair [Floor Finishes - Terrazzo]Medium
Other Special Systems and Devices - Compressor RenewalMedium
Partitions - Concrete Block RenewalMedium
Partitions - Moveable RenewalMedium
Pedestrian Paving RenewalMedium
Plumbing Fixtures - Eyewash Station RenewalMedium
Plumbing Fixtures - Washroom RenewalMedium
Wall Finishes - Acoustic Panels RenewalMedium
Ceiling Finishes - 30% Upgraded RenewalLow
Fittings - Chalkboards & Dust Collectors RenewalLow
Floor Finishes - Stage RenewalLow
Guardrails & Barriers RenewalLow
Interior Doors - Hollow Metal Door RenewalLow
Lighting Equipment - Emergency RenewalLow
Other Cooling Generating Systems - RT A/C COND UNITS RenewalLow
Partitions - Gymnasium, Corridor & Cafetorium RenewalLow
Rain Water Drainage - Sump Pumps RenewalLow

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