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Facility Condition Index

2020 -2021

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 $3.7 billion as of May 2021.

For the 2020-2021 school year, the TDSB  received $312 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
A101004 Standard Foundations Repairs - Concrete repairs RenewalUrgent
A101004 Standard Foundations Repairs - Damp proofing Repairs - New RenewalUrgent
B3010 Roof Coverings - Section B RenewalUrgent
B3010 Roof Coverings - Section D1,E5 RenewalUrgent
Heating/Chilling water distribution systems - All RenewalUrgent
Interior Stair Construction - Staircase #1&7 RenewalUrgent
Site Civil/Mechanical Utilities - Original RenewalUrgent
Air Distribution, Heating & Cooling - Original RenewalHigh
Air Handling Units - AHUs (10 Units) RenewalHigh
B201011 Exterior Walls - Joint Sealant RenewalHigh
B201013 Exterior Walls - Glass block RenewalHigh
B201017 Exterior Walls - Stucco - Shingles Asphalt RenewalHigh
B203008 Exterior Doors - Hardware RenewalHigh
Branch Wiring - Original Building RenewalHigh
C103001 Fittings - Washroom Partitions - Water Closet RenewalHigh
C103002 Fittings - Washroom Accessories RenewalHigh
C103005 Fittings - Lockers RenewalHigh
C103010 Fittings - Millwork - Laboratories RenewalHigh
C103017 Fittings - Auditorium Seating RenewalHigh
C302007 Floor Finishes - Painted Sealed Concrete RenewalHigh
Ceiling Finishes - Acoustic Tile Ceiling RenewalHigh
Ceiling Finishes - Gypsum Board Ceiling RenewalHigh
Controls & Instrumentation - Original Building - BAS RenewalHigh
Controls and Instrumentation - Pneumatics RenewalHigh
Domestic Water Distribution - All RenewalHigh
Elevators & Lifts - Passenger Elevator - Single Bottom Cylinder Replacement RenewalHigh
Elevators and Lifts - Freight - Hydraulic RenewalHigh
Exhaust Systems - All RenewalHigh
Exterior Doors RenewalHigh
Exterior Walls - Entire Building RenewalHigh
Exterior Windows - West Windows RenewalHigh
Fittings - Millwork RenewalHigh
Floor Finishes - Carpet RenewalHigh
Floor Finishes - Cermaic Tile RenewalHigh
Floor Finishes - Hardwood RenewalHigh
Floor Finishes - Terrazzo RenewalHigh
G201003 Roadways - Paved - Asphalt RenewalHigh
G202003 Parking Lots - Paved - Asphalt RenewalHigh
G203003 Pedestrian Paving - Asphalt Paved Walkway RenewalHigh
G204001 Fencing and Gates - Chain Link Fence RenewalHigh
G204010 Site Development - Exterior Stairs - Concrete Exterior Stairs RenewalHigh
G204071 Playing Fields - Unpaved RenewalHigh
G204072 Playing Fields - Asphalt School Playground - Court RenewalHigh
Lighting Equipment - Original Building - Exterior Lighting RenewalHigh
Lighting and Branch Wiring - Exterior Lighting - Pole Mounted RenewalHigh
Other Heat Generating Systems - Heat&Cool - Library - Original RenewalHigh
Perimeter Heating - Terminal Units RenewalHigh
Plumbing Fixtures - Lavatories RenewalHigh
Plumbing Fixtures - Urinals RenewalHigh
Plumbing Fixtures - Water Closets RenewalHigh
Plumbing Fixtures - Water Coolers RenewalHigh
Stormwater Management - Original Building RenewalHigh
B308020 Exterior Soffits RenewalMedium
C102007 Interior Doors - Hardware RenewalMedium
Ceiling Finishes - Painted Ceiling Structure RenewalMedium
Domestic Water Distribution - Original Building - ( #1) RenewalMedium
Floor Finishes - Classroom Sheet Vinyl RenewalMedium
Interior Doors - Original Building RenewalMedium
Partitions - Localized Deficiencies RenewalMedium
Pedestrian Paving - Interlocking Concrete Stones RenewalMedium
Roof Coverings - Section EG1 RenewalMedium
Wall Finishes - Paint RenewalMedium