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Saskatchewan Petroleum Innovation Incentive (SPII)

Program Update: A five-year extension to SPII will be announced as part of Budget 2024-25. Project applications will be accepted until March 31, 2029. SPII will also receive a funding cap increase from $30 million to $100 million over the life of the program. This funding cap will be shared by SPII and the newly announced Saskatchewan Critical Minerals Innovation Incentive (SCMII). Note that helium and lithium will remain eligible under SPII until the new SCMII program is launched in late spring 2024, at which time helium and lithium eligibility will be transitioned into SCMII. This website will be updated accordingly as the SPII extension takes effect and as the new SCMII program is launched.

The Saskatchewan Petroleum Innovation Incentive (SPII) offers transferable Crown royalty and freehold production tax credits for qualified innovation commercialization projects at a rate of 25 per cent of eligible project costs. The program targets a broad range of innovations deployed across all segments of Saskatchewan's oil, gas, helium or lithium industry.

The SPII program is open to both pilot projects and commercial scaling projects – giving applicants the ability to test their innovations in a pilot setting then deploy them at larger commercial scales. In addition, projects executed on multiple sites and projects that include multiple phases may be considered eligible for the program under a single project application.

SPII is administered by the Ministry of Energy and Resources.


1. Benefits

  • SPII's one-of-a-kind design makes it one of the most flexible and usable oil, gas, helium or lithium innovation commercialization incentives in North America. When undertaking an innovative pilot, market validation or commercial scaling project across any segment of Saskatchewan's oil, gas, helium or lithium industry, eligible projects have the ability to redeem 25 per cent of their eligible capital and operating costs. These credit redemptions can even occur during the construction and operational phases of a project to help improve a company's cash flow.
  • The credits are fully transferable, which gives non-producers/non-royalty payers an opportunity to benefit from the program, because they have the ability to transfer credits to oil, gas and helium Crown royalty and freehold production tax payers. Also, SPII encourages multi-company projects as costs can be incurred by a firm other than the principal applicant.
  • SPII has a project-specific awarded credit cap of CAD$5 million (i.e. a maximum of up to CAD$20 million in recognized eligible costs per project).
  • SPII can be used alongside other incentive and grant programs available in Saskatchewan.

2. Eligibility

  1. Eligible Innovation – In order for a product, service, process or operation to be considered an eligible innovation, it must be assessed at a minimum of Level 7 on the SPII Technology Readiness Level Scale. If it satisfies the SPII Technology Readiness Level, the innovation must also satisfy one of the following criteria:
    • The project can clearly be demonstrated to be new to Saskatchewan's oil, gas, helium or lithium industry. This means an innovation must be the first-of-its-kind in Saskatchewan's oil, gas, helium, or lithium industry or it must be a significant advancement on the current state of the art in terms of concept, function or design, relative to other similar innovations deployed in Saskatchewan's oil, gas, helium or lithium industry.
    • The eligible project can be clearly demonstrated to be at a new and significantly different commercial scale that has no technical equivalent in Saskatchewan's oil, gas, helium or lithium industry. The eligible project also possesses unique features and/or benefits that offer significant differentiation from current competitive offering in the Saskatchewan marketplace, and the project itself poses new and significant technical challenges as a result of deploying the innovation at this unmatched scale.
  2. Eligible Activity – the eligible innovation must be applied in a project of which the aim is:
    • To improve oil, gas, helium or lithium recovery;
    • To manage adverse environmental impacts;
    • To increase value-added processing capacity; or
    • To commercialize oil, gas, helium or lithium production byproducts or waste.
  3. Eligible Costs – the eligible project must involve a minimum of CAD$1 million in eligible capital and operating costs.
  4. The project must not be commercially operational prior to submitting an application to the Ministry of Energy and Resources.

3. How to Apply

To apply for the SPII program, companies must complete and submit the SPII Application Form. If you have questions about the application process, refer to the SPII Program Overview and Application Instructions or contact Completed SPII Application Forms may be submitted to the Ministry of Energy and Resources via

The Ministry of Energy and Resources will be accepting applications from July 8, 2019, to March 31, 2024.


4. Application Documents


5. Further Information

For additional information on the program, contact

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