04/07/2015 12:30 EDT | Updated 06/07/2015 05:59 EDT

Stephen Harper expands eligibility for Canada Student Grants program

Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced a change to the Canada Student Grants program Tuesday, which will expand the number of training programs eligible for government help.

Until now, post-secondary training programs had to be longer than 60 weeks to qualify for the grant program, which was started in 2009, Harper said at a press conference in North Vancouver.

"That leaves out an increasing number of training courses that, while shorter, still prepare a student for a job that's available now," he said.

The program will be expanded to include post-secondary programs longer than 24 weeks.