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Facility Condition Index

September 1, 2017 to August 31, 2018

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 school 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 the 584 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.

62.42 %

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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 22,686 different repairs needed in our 584 schools. The total value of those repairs is approximately $3.7 billion as of September 2017. 

For the 2017-2018 school year, the TDSB received $297 million in provincial funding. From this amount, $50 million should be used to replace energy efficient building components. The remaining $247 million should be used to replace/repair building components identified during the schools inspection, 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.).

Auxiliary Equipment - Metal Stacks & Breaching RenewalUrgent
Auxiliary Equipment -Vacuum System. RenewalUrgent
Hot Water Boilers - Pool Boiler #1 RenewalUrgent
Steam Boilers - Boiler 1 RenewalUrgent
Steam Boilers - Boiler 2 RenewalUrgent
Ceiling Finishes - Original Building RenewalHigh
Controls & Instrumentation - BAS RenewalHigh
Exterior Doors - Hardware RenewalHigh
Exterior Doors - Metal RenewalHigh
Exterior Windows - Addition RenewalHigh
Fencing & Gates - Original Building RenewalHigh
Fittings - Millwork RenewalHigh
Floor Finishes - Carpet RenewalHigh
Floor Finishes - Original Building RenewalHigh
Floor Finishes -1920 Building RenewalHigh
Heating/Chilling water distribution systems - Piping RenewalHigh
Interior Stair Construction RenewalHigh
Major Repair [Ceiling Finishes - Pool]High
Major Repair [Exterior Walls - Wood Cornices and Columns]High
Major Repair [Site Development - Concrete Exterior Stairs]High
Major Repair [Site Development - Retaining Walls]High
Major Repair [Structural Frame - Original Building]High
Other Cooling Generating Systems - RT AHUs 1,2 & 3 RenewalHigh
Roof Coverings - Section A,C1,E,F RenewalHigh
Site Development - Concrete Exterior Stairs RenewalHigh
Site Development - Retaining Walls RenewalHigh
Study [Ceiling Finishes - Pool]High
Study [Heating/Chilling water distribution systems - Piping]High
Study [Structural Frame - Original Building]High
Terminal & Package Units- Force Flow, Unit Heaters & Ventilators RenewalHigh
Auxiliary Equipment - Pumps RenewalMedium
Branch Wiring - Original Building RenewalMedium
Ceiling Finishes - Addition RenewalMedium
Ceiling Finishes - Classrooms RenewalMedium
Distribution Systems - Return & Supply Fans RenewalMedium
Domestic Water Distribution - Original Building - Piping RenewalMedium
Exhaust Systems - Original Building RenewalMedium
Fittings - Metal - Washroom RenewalMedium
Floor Finishes - Addition RenewalMedium
Floor Finishes- 1920 Building RenewalMedium
Interior Doors - Hardware Original & 1920 Building RenewalMedium
Interior Doors - Original & 1920 Building RenewalMedium
Partitions - Moveable RenewalMedium
Study [Branch Wiring - Original Building]Medium
Study [Domestic Water Distribution - Original Building - Piping]Medium
Wall Finishes - Addition - Painted RenewalMedium
Wall Finishes - Painted RenewalMedium
Domestic Water Distribution - Backflow Preventer Premise RenewalLow

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To enable all students to reach high levels of achievement and well-being
and to acquire the knowledge, skills
and values they need to become responsible, contributing members of
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