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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.

47.28 %

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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.).

Interior Stair Construction - 1970 Construction RenewalUrgent
A101004 Standard Foundations Repairs - Parging repairs - New RenewalHigh
Ceiling Finishes - 1970 Construction - Suspended Tiles RenewalHigh
Controls & Instrumentation - BAS System RenewalHigh
D2010 - Plumbing Fixtures - Water Fountains RenewalHigh
D201001 Plumbing Fixtures - Water Closets RenewalHigh
D201002 Plumbing Fixtures - Urinals RenewalHigh
D201003 Plumbing Fixtures - Lavatories RenewalHigh
D302050 Auxiliary Equipment - Chemical Feed System - Glycol RenewalHigh
D302051 Auxiliary Equipment - Expansion Tank RenewalHigh
D502004 Lighting and Branch Wiring - Exterior Lighting - Pole Mounted 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
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
Secondary - 1st Floor RenewalHigh
Wall Finishes - Painted RenewalHigh
B203008 Exterior Doors - Hardware RenewalMedium
Branch Wiring - 1970 Construction RenewalMedium
Branch Wiring - StudyMedium
C101003 Partitions - Moveable - (GYM) RenewalMedium
C102007 Interior Doors - Hardware RenewalMedium
Demountable Partitions - Vinyl Faced RenewalMedium
Domestic Water Distribution - Plumbing Piping System RenewalMedium
Domestic Water Distribution - StudyMedium
Fittings - Millwork RenewalMedium
Interior Doors - 1970 Construction - Hollow Metal RenewalMedium

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