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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.

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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.


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.).

Fire Extinguishers Devices - Fire Suppression System RenewalUrgent
Major Repair [Standard Foundations - 1927]Urgent
Roof Coverings - Section A1,C1 RenewalUrgent
Study [Standard Foundations - 1927]Urgent
Air Handling Units RenewalHigh
Auxiliary Equipment - Condensate Vacuum Pump RenewalHigh
Auxiliary Equipment - Heat Exchangers - 1970's RenewalHigh
Auxiliary Equipment - Heating System¿ Chemical Feed RenewalHigh
Auxiliary Equipment -Circ Pumps RenewalHigh
Controls & Instrumentation - BAS RenewalHigh
Elevators & Lifts - Freight Elevator RenewalHigh
Elevators & Lifts - Handicap Lift RenewalHigh
Exterior Doors - Metal & Wood RenewalHigh
Exterior Doors - Hardware RenewalHigh
Exterior Doors - Overhead door RenewalHigh
Exterior Doors - Parking Garage RenewalHigh
Exterior Walls - 1927 RenewalHigh
Exterior Walls - 1962 RenewalHigh
Exterior Walls - Sealants RenewalHigh
Exterior Windows - 1962 RenewalHigh
Exterior Windows - Metal - 1927 RenewalHigh
Fencing & Gates - Wrought Iron Fence RenewalHigh
Fittings - Millwork RenewalHigh
Fittings - Washroom Partitions RenewalHigh
Floor Finishes - Carpet RenewalHigh
Floor Finishes - Hardwood RenewalHigh
Floor Finishes - Painted Concrete Asphalt RenewalHigh
Floor Finishes - Tile RenewalHigh
Heating/Chilling water distribution systems - Piping Systems RenewalHigh
Interior Doors - 1927 RenewalHigh
Interior Doors - Hardware - 1927 RenewalHigh
Interior Stair Construction RenewalHigh
Lighting Equipment - Exit - LED RenewalHigh
Lighting Equipment - Exterior RenewalHigh
Main Switchboards RenewalHigh
Major Repair - Masonry ChimneyHigh
Major Repair [Exterior Walls - 1927]High
Major Repair [G2040 Site Development - Concrete Exterior Stairs]High
Major Repair [Retaining Walls - Concrete]High
Major Repair [Retaining Walls - Stone]High
Major Repair [Roof Coverings - Section I1 - I10, J1]High
Major Repair [Structural Frame - 1961]High
Major Repair [Structural Frame]High
Playing Fields - Curbs - Paved RenewalHigh
Playing Fields - Sports Field - Unpaved RenewalHigh
Roadways - Paved - East & West RenewalHigh
Roof Coverings - Section B2, B3 RenewalHigh
Roof Coverings - Section D1,D2,E5,F5,F6,F7,G1 RenewalHigh
Roof Coverings - Section E1,H1,D3 RenewalHigh
Sprinklers RenewalHigh
Steam Boilers - Boiler 3 RenewalHigh
Study [Exterior Walls - 1927]High
Study [Heating/Chilling water distribution systems - Piping Systems]High
Study [Public Address Systems - PAHigh
Study [Structural Frame - 1927]High
Study [Structural Frame - 1961]High
Study [Structural Frame - Parking Structure]High
Study [Structural Frame]High
Terminal & Package Units - All Building RenewalHigh
Wall Finishes - Paint RenewalHigh
Branch Wiring RenewalMedium
Ceiling Finishes - Lath & Plaster RenewalMedium
Ceiling Finishes RenewalMedium
Domestic Water Distribution - DHW Pumps RenewalMedium
Domestic Water Distribution - Original - Plumbing Piping System RenewalMedium
Domestic Water Distribution - Steam Heating system. RenewalMedium
Domestic Water Distribution - Storage Tanks RenewalMedium
Domestic Water Distribution - Sump Pumps RenewalMedium
Exhaust Systems - All Building RenewalMedium
Fire Protection Specialties - Kitchen Suppression RenewalMedium
Fittings - Bleachers RenewalMedium
Fittings - Metal Lockers RenewalMedium
Fittings - Seating RenewalMedium
Floor Finishes - Ceramic Tile RenewalMedium
Floor Finishes - Terrazzo RenewalMedium
Interior Doors - 1961 - Wood RenewalMedium
Interior Doors - Hardware - 1961 RenewalMedium
Major Repair [Landscaping]Medium
Major Repair [Partitions - Concrete & Drywall]Medium
Major Repair [Partitions - Plaster & Lath ]Medium
Other Communications & Alarm Systems RenewalMedium
Other Special Systems and Devices - COMP FOOD RenewalMedium
Other Special Systems and Devices - Sawdust Collector RenewalMedium
Partitions - 1961 - Moveable RenewalMedium
Pedestrian Paving RenewalMedium
Plumbing Fixtures - Water Closets & Urinals Original Building RenewalMedium
Study - D2020 Domestic Water Distribution - Original - Plumbing Piping SystemMedium
Study [Branch Wiring]Medium
Wall Finishes - Ceramic Tile RenewalMedium

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and to acquire the knowledge, skills
and values they need to become responsible, contributing members of
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