TIER Economic Recovery Program

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The application portal to the TIER Economic Recovery Program is closed. All funds have been allocated to projects.


Alberta Innovates’ TIER (Technology Innovation and Emissions Reduction) Economic Recovery Program consists of 23 “shovel-ready” projects that will accelerate innovations to reduce GHG emissions, increase long-term economic competitiveness and stimulate growth in critically important sectors of Alberta’s economy. Proposals were submitted prior to November 30, 2020, and $50 million in funding was awarded to 23 successful applicants. All projects commenced prior to April 2021. Successful applicants were announced November 17, 2021.   

Program Details

  • Applicants included technology developers, industry, industrial associations, small and medium enterprises, research and development organizations, post-secondary institutions and government research labs.
  • Most projects include collaboration between multiple organizations to add value through technology validation, commercialization and sharing of results.
  • All projects were kicked off quickly to generate immediate economic benefits including job creation.
  • Funded projects were fully aligned with the objectives of the TIER fund and will lead to both near-term and long-term GHG emission reduction.
  • Projects were selected for their potential to improve the competitive advantages and sustainability of Alberta’s resource sectors.
  • Alberta Innovates investments in projects ranged from $245,000 to $5,000,000 per project.
  • Applicants were required to provide matching funds to projects.

Funded Projects

Click on the project title to view a two-page summary.

Organization Project Amount
Acceleware Ltd. Radio Frequency Enhanced Oil Recovery – RF XL Commercial Pilot Test $5,000,000
AdvEn Industries Inc. Construction of 300T/Year Commercial Demonstration ASAC Plant $3,600,000
Akine Well Optimization Services Inc.  Dynamometer Classification and Machine Learning Identification of Real-Time Well Behavior for the Digital Oilfield – Phase I $480,870
BASF BASF Polymer Amended Tailings Field Demonstration $1,000,000
Canadian Rockies Hemp Corporation Canadian Rockies Hemp Corporations (CRHC) Bioindustrial Fibre Project $750,000
C-FER Technologies (1999) Inc. Full-Scale Corrosion and Hydrogen Testing and Product Qualification System $1,375,000
ConocoPhillips Surmont Steam-Additives Pilot $2,500,000
CSV Midstream Solution Corp. Continuous Sweetening of Sour Produced Water $342,818
Enerkem Scale-up and Production of Circular Plastics in Alberta $4,500,000
Enlighten Innovations CleanSeas Project – Phase 1 Facility $5,000,000
Husky Oil Operations HDR Diluent Reduction Technology Market Product and Trial $5,000,000
Hydrodine Catalytics Ltd. HCL Beta Prototype Development, Field Testing, and Optimization $245,000
Imperial Oil Ltd. eILF tailings treatment pilot project $750,000
MEG Energy Corporation Emissions Reduction and Sequestration (ERASE) FEED Study $2,090,063
MEG Energy Corporation Heavy Oil Viscosity Reduction Project $1,245,000
Petroleum Technology Alliance Canada Energy Unmanned Traffic Management Trials (Energy UTM) $506,000
PMC Pumps Canada Inc. Next Generation Downhole Green Quad-Pump System with 60% lower energy consumption and reduced life-cycle costs for SAGD and conventional oil production $1,900,000
Scovan Innovations Inc. HipVap IFSG Commercialization Prototype Demonstration $4,251,000
SensorUp Inc. An AI-driven Multi-sensor Data Fusion Platform for Methane Leak Detection And Repair (LDAR) $446,050
Suncor Energy Inc. Commercial Demonstration of Partial Upgrading Technology  $2,500,000
University of Alberta Blue hydrogen – diesel dual-fuel engine technology development for a transition to a hydrogen economy $827,425
University of British Columbia Deployment of a 200 kg per Day Low-Cost Zero-Emission Hydrogen Plant from Natural Gas $4,979,834
Validere Validere Edge: Identifying More Efficient Opportunities and Decreasing Carbon Miles and Waste $475,000

Program Resources

· TIER Program Guide 

· Webinar Slide Deck PDF

For operational inquiries:

Brett Purdy, Executive Director, Environmental Innovation

TEL: (780) 306-2935, Brett.Purdy@albertainnovates.ca


Bryan Helfenbaum, Executive Director, Advanced Hydrocarbons

TEL: (587) 779-2911, Bryan.Helfenbaum@albertainnovates.ca


For Performance Management & Reporting inquiries:

Reesa John, Performance Management & Evaluation

TEL: (780) 429-7666, Reesa.John@albertainnovates.ca