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Please note: We will be publishing updates for the Facility Condition Index and Renewal Needs Backlog sometime in the Spring of 2021.

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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.

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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.).

Standard Foundations - Localized Deficiencies RenewalUrgent
Air Handling Units - HTG - AHUs RenewalHigh
Auxiliary Equipment - Chemical Feed System RenewalHigh
Auxiliary Equipment - Expansion Tanks RenewalHigh
Auxiliary Equipment - HVAC Circulation Pumps RenewalHigh
Auxiliary Equipment - Stacks & Breaching RenewalHigh
Ceiling Finishes - Acoustic Ceiling Tiles & Suspended Ceiling Tiles RenewalHigh
Controls & Instrumentation - Pneumatic Control RenewalHigh
Cooling Generating Systems - Cool - A/C COND (Unit No.2) RenewalHigh
Exhaust Systems - 14 Exhaust fans (Mech Rm.) RenewalHigh
Exterior Doors - Deteriorated Wood & Hollow Metal Doors RenewalHigh
Exterior Doors - Hardware RenewalHigh
Exterior Doors - Overhead Doors RenewalHigh
Exterior Stairs -Stone RenewalHigh
Exterior Walls - 1910, 1922, 1925, & 1931 Constructions RenewalHigh
Exterior Windows - Original RenewalHigh
Fencing & Gates - Original Building RenewalHigh
Floor Finishes - Auditorium Carpet RenewalHigh
Floor Finishes - Sheet Vinyl RenewalHigh
Floor Finishes - Terrazzo RenewalHigh
Floor Finishes - Vinyl Tiles RenewalHigh
Heated Water Distribution Systems - Pipes and Fittings RenewalHigh
Hot Water Boilers - Boilers No. 1-3 RenewalHigh
Interior Stair Construction RenewalHigh
Parking Lots - Asphalt RenewalHigh
Playing Fields - Unpaved RenewalHigh
Plumbing Fixtures - Washroom Fixtures RenewalHigh
Retaining Walls - Original Building RenewalHigh
Retaining Walls - Stone & Concrete RenewalHigh
Roadways - Asphalt RenewalHigh
Site Civil/Mechanical Utilities RenewalHigh
Site Development - Exterior Stair RenewalHigh
Study [Exterior Walls - 1910, 1922, 1925, & 1931 Constructions]High
Study [Heating/Chilling water distribution systems - Piping]High
Study [Site Civil/Mechanical Utilities]High
Terminal & Package Units - Forceflows & Unit Heater RenewalHigh
Auxiliary Equipment - Domestic Circulation Pumps RenewalMedium
Branch Wiring RenewalMedium
D302099 Heat Generating - Other - Electric baseboard heaters RenewalMedium
D501005 Electrical Service and Distribution - Panel (120 V) RenewalMedium
Domestic Water Distribution - Sump Pump RenewalMedium
Domestic Water Distribution - Pipes and Fittings RenewalMedium
Fittings - Auditorium Seating RenewalMedium
Fittings - Lockers RenewalMedium
Fittings - Metal Partitions RenewalMedium
Fittings - Millwork - Cabinets & Counters RenewalMedium
Floor Finishes - Hardwood RenewalMedium
Interior Doors - Hardware RenewalMedium
Interior Doors - Wood & Hollow Metal RenewalMedium
Landscaping -Soft RenewalMedium
Pedestrian Paving - Asphalt & Concrete RenewalMedium
Standard Foundations - 1910 Construction RenewalMedium
Structural Frame - 1910 Construction RenewalMedium
Structural Frame - Localized Deficiencies RenewalMedium
Study [Branch Wiring]Medium
Study [Domestic Water Distribution]Medium
Study [Structural Frame - Localized Deficiencies]Medium
Wall Finishes - Painted - Remaining RenewalMedium
Controls & Instrumentation - BAS Panel RenewalLow
D309002 Other HVAC Systems and Equipment - Refrigeration Systems - Freezer RenewalLow
D309002 Other HVAC Systems and Equipment - Refrigeration Systems - Walk in Freezers RenewalLow
D502006 Lighting and Branch Wiring - Stage Lighting RenewalLow
Exterior Stair - Remaining RenewalLow
Fencing & Gates - Chain Link Fence & Wrought Iron Fence RenewalLow
Fittings - Window Coverings RenewalLow
Major Repair [Playing Fields - Unpaved] 
Other Special Plumbing Systems - Pool Systems RenewalLow
Partitions - Drywall, Concrete Block RenewalLow
Partitions - Moveable RenewalLow
Partitions - Original Building RenewalLow
Rain Water Drainage RenewalLow
Sanitary Waste RenewalLow
Signage - Wall Mounted RenewalLow
Stair Finishes RenewalLow

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