Hours worked rose 9.8 per cent in June, but were still 16 per cent below February levels. "The significant number of youth who entered the labour force in June is a sign of growing confidence that people can return to work safely".
Canada's unemployment rate has dropped from a record high of 13.7 per cent in May to 12.3 per cent in June.
Job gains include 488,000 full-time and 465,000 part-time positions.
Moreover, employment in education services increased by 57,000 between April and June, meanwhile employment gains in healthcare and social assistance increased by 121,000.
Douglas Porter, chief economist at BMO Capital Markets, said combined with the May rise of 290,000 jobs, the numbers mean that 41 per cent of the roughly 3 million jobs lost during the COVID-19 shutdowns in March and April had been reversed by the middle of June.
Statistics Canada's labour force survey for June shows 118,000 people in B.C. found jobs and the unemployment rate fell slightly to 13%.
"The total net job loss since the start of the pandemic stands at 235,000 ... while that's a large number, those are people, those are families, those are individuals in communities".
The only part of Canada with a higher unemployment rate is rural Newfoundland and Labrador (the province's capital, St. John's, posted a lower unemployment rate than Edmonton).
The June totals did not capture people who temporarily lost work due to the coronavirus crisis and want to work, but are not now looking for employment, Statscan said.
"We need to stay focused on our restart plan, doing it in a responsible way so we can see more and more businesses reopen", James said.
In June, all of Canada's provinces saw a jobs gain, and a decrease in absences linked to COVID-19.
James also added that the government continues to support British Columbians during the pandemic, with many still struggling to get by due to the effects of COVID-19.
Saskatchewan and Manitoba saw increases of around 30,000 while Alberta saw almost 92,000 jobs added in June.