The national unemployment rate, meanwhile, increased 0.2 percentage points to 5.8 per cent.
Much of the growth, according to the agency, was led by younger workers.
In B.C., Stats Canada says the unemployment rate climbed three-tenths to 4.7 per cent in January, still the lowest of any Canadian province. Employment in the accommodations and food services sector grew by 5,600 jobs, and transport and warehousing employment grew by 6,400 jobs.
Across the province, the unemployment rate was down slightly from 5.5 per cent to 5.4 per cent - the second-lowest rate in the country, after British Columbia, where the unemployment rate was 4.7 per cent.
Locally, the number of people listed as employed has gone up from about 20,600 last year to an estimated 21,600 this year.
Wages for permanent employees accelerated to 1.8 per cent in January from 1.5 per cent in December, and overall wage growth ran steady at two per cent.
The number is down a full percentage point from January 2018, where the unemployment rate was at 8.7 per cent. The trend of more people entering the workforce and either working or looking for a job also continued, with the labour force increasing from 22,500 to 23,700.
Employment was up 0.9 per cent from January 2019 in Quebec.
The country saw a surprise rush of 66,800 net new jobs in January in a gain fuelled by a hiring surge in the private sector, Statistics Canada said Friday.
"Definitely the headline job gain was very impressive", said BMO chief economist Douglas Porter.
"Volatility returned with a notable increase in employment during the month of January", he wrote.
He credited recent job gains drawing people back in as for why the participation rate is running at its highest level since 2017.
Mendes predicted that first quarter economic growth is still likely to be "somewhat weak" due to struggles getting oil to new markets due to regulatory delays in building new pipelines.