Canada created 15,300 jobs in February, well above expected, and the unemployment rate fell to 6.6 per cent, Statistics Canada reported on Friday.
This corresponds to the unemployment rate measured in January 2015, according to the federal agency.
Economists interviewed by Thompson Reuters were expecting the creation of 2,500 jobs and an unemployment rate unchanged since January at 6.8 percent.
Most gains in February were in full-time employment.
Statistics Canada calculates that 105,000 people found themselves a full-time position last month, while 90,000 lost their part-time jobs.