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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.

72.64 %

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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.).

Auxiliary Equipment - Steam Boilers RenewalUrgent
Roof Coverings - Skylights RenewalUrgent
Standard Foundations - Basement-1907 & 1930 Construction RenewalUrgent
Study [Standard Foundations - Basement-1907 & 1930 Construction]Urgent
Air Handling Units - Supply Fans RenewalHigh
Auxiliary Equipment - Expansion Tanks RenewalHigh
Ceiling Finishes - Acoustic ceiling tiles RenewalHigh
Ceiling Finishes - Plaster ceiling RenewalHigh
Ceiling Finishes - Suspended Acoustic Panel Ceiling RenewalHigh
Controls & Instrumentation - BAS RenewalHigh
Elevators & Lifts - Dumb Waiter RenewalHigh
Energy Supply - Gas Piping RenewalHigh
Exterior Doors - Hardware RenewalHigh
Exterior Doors - Metal RenewalHigh
Exterior Doors - Overhead RenewalHigh
Exterior Walls -Localized Deficiencies RenewalHigh
Exterior Windows - 1958 Construction RenewalHigh
Fencing & Gates - Chain Link Fence RenewalHigh
Fencing & Gates - Wrought Iron Fence RenewalHigh
Fittings - Auditorium Seating RenewalHigh
Fittings - Millwork RenewalHigh
Floor Finishes - Carpet RenewalHigh
Floor Finishes - Ceramic Tile RenewalHigh
Floor Finishes - Hardwood flooring RenewalHigh
Floor Finishes - Vinyl tile RenewalHigh
Interior Doors - Hardware RenewalHigh
Interior Doors - Metal and wood doors RenewalHigh
Lighting Equipment - Emergency Battery Backup RenewalHigh
Lighting Equipment - HID - Wall and Pole Mounted RenewalHigh
Lighting Equipment - Incandescent - Exit Lighting and Signage RenewalHigh
Main Switchboards - Main Switchgear RenewalHigh
Other Cooling Generating Systems - Cool - Condensing Unit #2 RenewalHigh
Other Cooling Generating Systems - Cool - Condensing unit #1 RenewalHigh
Playing Fields - Court - Paved RenewalHigh
Playing Fields - Football Field - Unpaved RenewalHigh
Retaining Walls - Original Building RenewalHigh
Roof Coverings - Section A,C1,C3,C4 RenewalHigh
Secondary Transformer RenewalHigh
Steam Boilers - Boilers No. 1 and 2 RenewalHigh
Structural Frame - Original Building RenewalHigh
Study [Exterior Walls - Deficient wall]High
Terminal & Package Units - Steam heating RenewalHigh
Terminal & Package Units - Unit Heaters and Ventilator RenewalHigh
Wall Finishes - Painted - Classrooms RenewalHigh
Wall Finishes - Painted - Common areas RenewalHigh
Branch Wiring - Various ages RenewalMedium
D101012 Elevators and Lifts - Passenger - Hydraulic RenewalMedium
D302055 Auxiliary Equipment - Stacks & Breaching RenewalMedium
D501005 Electrical Service and Distribution - Panel (120 V) RenewalMedium
Domestic Water Distribution - Heat Exchanger RenewalMedium
Domestic Water Distribution - Plumbing Pumps RenewalMedium
Domestic Water Distribution - Various ages - Plumbing Piping System RenewalMedium
Exhaust Systems - Centrifugal RenewalMedium
Exterior Walls - Terracotta tile trim around Windows,Brick and Cluster Columns RenewalMedium
Exterior Windows - 1970 Construction RenewalMedium
Fittings - Bleachers RenewalMedium
Fittings - Partitions RenewalMedium
Fittings- Lockers RenewalMedium
Parking Lots - South RenewalMedium
Partitions - Gym RenewalMedium
Plumbing Fixtures - Remaining fixtures RenewalMedium
Roadways - Asphalt RenewalMedium
Roadways - Concrete Ramp RenewalMedium
Standard Foundations - 1907 &1930 Construction RenewalMedium
Structural Frame - Original Building RenewalMedium
Structural Frame - Original Building RenewalMedium
Study [Branch Wiring - Various ages]Medium
Study [Domestic Water Distribution - Various ages - Plumbing Piping System]Medium
D202034 Domestic Water Distribution - Water Storage Tanks RenewalLow
D502006 Lighting and Branch Wiring - Stage Lighting RenewalLow
Floor Finishes - Sheet Vinyl Floor RenewalLow
Other Cooling Generating Systems - Cool - A/C Unit RenewalLow
Parking Lots - garage RenewalLow
Partitions - 1907 & 1930 Construction RenewalLow
Partitions - Original Building RenewalLow
Pedestrian Paving - Asphalt RenewalLow
Pedestrian Paving - Concrete RenewalLow
Pedestrian Paving - Post and chain traffic control devices RenewalLow
Rain Water Drainage - Sump Pumps RenewalLow
Rain Water Drainage RenewalLow
Signage - 1950 & 1970 Construction RenewalLow
Stormwater Management - 1907 Construction and later additions RenewalLow
Study [Exterior Walls - Upgrade Cluster Columns] 
Wall Finishes - Wood Paneled - 1907 hallways RenewalLow

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