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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
Interior Stair Construction - 1970 Construction RenewalUrgent
Auxiliary Equipment - Chemical Feed System - Glycol RenewalHigh
Auxiliary Equipment - Expansion Tank RenewalHigh
Ceiling Finishes - 1970 Construction - Suspended Tiles RenewalHigh
Controls & Instrumentation - BAS System RenewalHigh
Exhaust Systems - Exhaust fans RenewalHigh
Exterior Doors - Aluminum and Hollow Metal RenewalHigh
Exterior Windows RenewalHigh
Floor Finishes - Rubber RenewalHigh
Floor Finishes - Sheet Vinyl Older RenewalHigh
G202003 Parking Lots - Paved - Asphalt Paved Parking Area RenewalHigh
G204001 Fencing and Gates - Chain Link Fence - 10 feet high RenewalHigh
G204010 Site Development - Exterior Stairs - Concrete Exterior Stairs RenewalHigh
G204071 Playing Fields - Unpaved RenewalHigh
Lighting Equipment - Exterior Wall and Pole Mounted RenewalHigh
Lighting and Branch Wiring - Exterior Lighting - Pole Mounted RenewalHigh
Main Switchboards - Distribution panels RenewalHigh
Other Heat Generating Systems - RTUs #1, #2 RenewalHigh
Other Heat Generating Systems - RTUs #3, #4, #5, #6 RenewalHigh
Perminter Heating - Terminal Units RenewalHigh
Plumbing Fixtures - Lavatories RenewalHigh
Plumbing Fixtures - Urinals RenewalHigh
Plumbing Fixtures - Water Closets RenewalHigh
Plumbing Fixtures - Water Fountains RenewalHigh
Secondary - 1st Floor RenewalHigh
Standard Foundations Repairs - Parging repairs - New RenewalHigh
Wall Finishes - Painted RenewalHigh
Auxiliary Equipment - Stacks & Breaching RenewalMedium
Branch Wiring - 1970 Construction RenewalMedium
C101003 Partitions - Moveable - (GYM) RenewalMedium
C102007 Interior Doors - Hardware RenewalMedium
Demountable Partitions - Vinyl Faced RenewalMedium
Domestic Water Distribution - Plumbing Piping System RenewalMedium
Electrical Service and Distribution - Panel (600, 220, 120 V) RenewalMedium
Exterior Doors - Hardware RenewalMedium
Fittings - Millwork RenewalMedium
G30 - Underground Utilities RenewalMedium
Interior Doors - 1970 Construction - Hollow Metal RenewalMedium
Roof Coverings - Section D4 RenewalMedium
Roof Coverings - Wooden barrier RenewalMedium
Air Distribution, Heating & Cooling - 1993 Construction RenewalLow
C302015 Floor Finishes - Vinyl Sheet - Newer RenewalLow
Fittings - Washroom Accessories - 50% new - Metal Partitions RenewalLow
Fittings - Washroom Accessories - 50% original RenewalLow
Fittings - Window Covering - Drapes and Blinds RenewalLow
Floor Finishes - Carpet RenewalLow
Floor Finishes - Vinyl Composite RenewalLow
G204072 Playing Fields - Asphalt School Playground RenewalLow
Playing Fields - Gametime Child Care Playscape - Unpaved RenewalLow
Playing Fields - Gametime Playscape - Unpaved RenewalLow
Rain Water Drainage RenewalLow
Sanitary Waste RenewalLow