There are a number of benefits that are contained in the pension for life proposal in the bill. There would be three different benefits that could be considered. The income replacement benefit would replace six benefits: the career impact allowance; the career impact allowance supplement; the supplementary retirement benefit; the retirement income security benefit; and the earnings loss benefit, both short and long term. It would be 90% of the veteran's pre-release salary and it's indexed annually to the time it's paid.
As part of the income replacement benefit, there's a recognition for lost career progression potential, which is a 1% annual increase to the pre-release salary until the age of 60 or 20 years of service for veterans with diminished earnings capacity. They'll be entitled to the career recognition aspect through the income replacement benefit. In addition, there's the additional pain and suffering compensation, which recognizes pain and suffering experienced by veterans and Canadian Armed Forces members with a disability due to service-related injury or illness. It has three grade levels: grade 1 is $1,500, grade 2 is $1,000, and grade 3 is $500, and it's based on the extent of the impairment of the veteran.
In addition to that there is the pain and suffering compensation, which will be replacing the disability award, and it has a maximum amount of $1,150.