08/03/2015 09:27 EDT | Updated 08/03/2016 05:59 EDT

Canada election 2015: Apprentice tax credit would increase, Harper vows

Conservative Leader Stephen Harper vowed to increase and extend a tax credit for businesses that hire apprentices, in his first platform announcement of the federal election campaign.

The Apprenticeship Job Creation Tax Credit, introduced in 2006, would increase from $2,000 to $2,500, and would be applied to the third and fourth years of training, Harper said on his first stop Monday, in Laval, Que., on day 2 of the campaign.

The announcement was made at Spectra Premium Industries, a company that develops and engineers parts used to deliver fuel.

Harper's bus will also stop Monday in:

- Kingston, Ont., for a quick photo opportunity at a local Greek restaurant.

- A rally in Ajax, Ont., the riding currently held by Conservative cabinet minister Chris Alexander.

The Conservatives are expected to keep up this pace throughout the 11-week campaign, except when Harper prepares for debates.