The deceased person must have been a pensioner or must have taught two or more years in the province at the time of death. Where there is no surviving spouse, benefits are paid to children, or where there are no children, to the dependents (mother, father, brother, sister, or child of any age) who by reason of any mental or physical disability where dependent on the deceased person at the time of death.
60% of the teacher's pension or what the teacher would have received had he/she been on pension shall be divided equally among the children up to 18 years of age, or to age 25 if attending a post-secondary institution. If no children, benefits are divided equally among the other dependents.
A teacher may elect to retire with a reduced life-time pension in order to enhance a survivor's pension. The teacher at time of retirement may elect for the spouse to receive an 80% or 100% pension or a teacher can guarantee their pension for five, ten, or 15 years.