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Facility Condition Index

September 1, 2017 to August 31, 2018

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 school 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 the 584 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.

F.C.I.
87.32 %

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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 22,686 different repairs needed in our 584 schools. The total value of those repairs is approximately $3.7 billion as of September 2017. 

For the 2017-2018 school year, the TDSB received $297 million in provincial funding. From this amount, $50 million should be used to replace energy efficient building components. The remaining $247 million should be used to replace/repair building components identified during the schools inspection, 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.

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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.).

.Study [Heating/Chilling water distribution systems - Heating Piping Systems]Urgent
.Study [Site Civil Utilities - Underground Utilities - Site ]Urgent
.Study [Standard Foundations - Damp Proofing - Original Building and Additions 1 - 9]Urgent
Auxiliary Equipment - Blowdown & Condensate Tanks RenewalUrgent
Auxiliary Equipment - HVAC Pumps RenewalUrgent
Auxiliary Equipment - Heat Exchanger - 1972 RenewalUrgent
Heating/Chilling water distribution systems - Heating Piping Systems RenewalUrgent
Major Repair [Standard Foundations - Damp Proofing - Original Building and Additions 1 - 9]Urgent
Other Heat Generating Systems - for Ceramic department RenewalUrgent
Other Special Systems and Devices - Dust Collector RenewalUrgent
Roof Coverings - Section A,B7,J1,JK1,K,K1,K2,L,L2,14 RenewalUrgent
Roof Coverings - Section B,B2 to B6,B8 to B10,BD4,E,E1,E2,F,FG!,G,G1,H,M,18 RenewalUrgent
Roof Coverings - Skylight RenewalUrgent
Site Civil Utilities - Underground Utilities - Site RenewalUrgent
Steam Boilers - Boiler 1 RenewalUrgent
Steam Boilers - Boiler 2 RenewalUrgent
Steam Boilers - Boiler 3 RenewalUrgent
.Study [Branch Wiring - Original Building]High
.Study [Domestic Water Distribution - Plumbing Piping Systems]High
.Study [Exterior Walls - Solid Brick - Original Building and Additions 1 - 9 ]High
Air Distribution, Heating & Cooling - Duct System RenewalHigh
Air Handling Units - 1972 RenewalHigh
Auxiliary Equipment - Chemical Feed System - 1972 RenewalHigh
Branch Wiring - Original Building RenewalHigh
Ceiling Finishes - Fixed Acoustic Tiles RenewalHigh
Ceiling Finishes - Lath & Plaster RenewalHigh
Ceiling Finishes - Suspended Acoustic Panels RenewalHigh
Domestic Water Distribution - Plumbing Piping Systems RenewalHigh
Elevators & Lifts - Freight Elevator RenewalHigh
Elevators & Lifts - Service Elevator RenewalHigh
Exhaust Systems - Original RenewalHigh
Exterior Doors - Entrance Doors RenewalHigh
Exterior Doors - Exterior Overhead Door - Original Building and Additions 1 - 9 RenewalHigh
Exterior Windows - East Windows RenewalHigh
Fencing & Gates - Chain Link Fence RenewalHigh
Fittings - Auditiorium Seating - Auditiorium RenewalHigh
Fittings - Bleachers - Gymnasiums RenewalHigh
Fittings - Lockers - Original Building and Additions 1 - 9 RenewalHigh
Fittings - Millwork - Classrooms RenewalHigh
Fittings - Millwork - Laboratories RenewalHigh
Floor Finishes - Carpet RenewalHigh
Floor Finishes - Hardwood RenewalHigh
Floor Finishes - Painted Concrete RenewalHigh
Floor Finishes - Vinyl Tiles RenewalHigh
Interior Doors - Hardware RenewalHigh
Interior Doors - Original Building and Additions 1 - 9 RenewalHigh
Interior Stair Construction - Steel Framed - Original Building and Additions 1 - 9 RenewalHigh
Lighting Equipment - Exterior Lighting RenewalHigh
Lighting Equipment - Emergency Lighting - Battery Back-ups RenewalHigh
Lighting Equipment - Interior Lighting RenewalHigh
Major Repair [Exterior Walls - Solid Brick - Original Building and Additions 1 - 9 ]High
Major Repair [Retaining Walls - Stone Flower Beds - Site]High
Major Repair [Site Development - Concrete - Site Related Stairs]High
Other Cooling Generating Systems - Cool [1] RenewalHigh
Parking Lots - Aboveground Asphalt Paved - Site RenewalHigh
Pedestrian Paving - Concrete - Site RenewalHigh
Pedestrian Paving - Concrete Pavers - Site RenewalHigh
Plumbing Fixtures - Original Building RenewalHigh
Replace [Terminal & Package Units]High
Secondary - Secondary Transformer RenewalHigh
Signage - Site RenewalHigh
Study [Air Distribution, Heating & Cooling - Duct System]High
Wall Finishes - Painted - Original Building and Additions 1 - 9 RenewalHigh
Auxiliary Equipment - Circ & Glycol Boost Pumps RenewalMedium
Emergency Lighting & Power - Original RenewalMedium
Fire Protection Specialties - Suppresion & Irrigation Systems RenewalMedium
Fittings - Washroom Accessories - Original Building and Additions 1 - 9 RenewalMedium
Major Repair [Ceiling Finishes - South Gym Ceiling]Medium
Major Repair [Partitions - Interior Partitions - Original Building and Additions 1 - 9]Medium
Other Heat Generating Systems - Window A/C Units RenewalMedium
Partitions - Moveable - Gymnasiums RenewalMedium
Wall Finishes - Wall Acoustic Panels - Music and Drama Room RenewalMedium
Chilled Water Systems RenewalLow
Exterior Doors - Hardware RenewalLow
Floor Finishes - Ceramic Tile RenewalLow
Other Special Plumbing Systems - Original Building RenewalLow
Other Special Plumbing Systems - Pool Systems RenewalLow
Rain Water Drainage - Sump Pumps (4) RenewalLow

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