The local economy added 1,200 jobs in June, the labour force swelled by 1,800 while there was an extra 600 people who claimed unemployment.
Chances of a Bank of Canada interest rate increase at the July 11 announcement climbed to more than 90 percent from 88 percent before the data, the overnight index swaps market indicated.
Ahead of the release Friday, expectations had already strengthened that governor Stephen Poloz will raise the benchmark at the meeting for the first time since January.
USA crude oil futures settled 1.2 percent higher at $73.80 a barrel.
Canada's Big Five banks have unanimously called for a hike on July 11 in recent reports, and the C.D. Howe Institute's Monetary Policy Council (MPC) is expecting the same.
That's up from 4.9 per cent in May.
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It is down 0.7 percentage points from 6.5 per cent in June 2017.
Gains for the loonie came despite the United States and China slapping tit-for-tat duties on $34 billion worth of each other's goods.
"We're still in a position that the Bank of Canada will tighten in July", said Andrew Kelvin, senior rates strategist at TD Securities.
Canada runs a current account deficit so its economy could be hurt if the flow of trade or capital slows.
The main reason is "the group's view that Canadian economic data in the second quarter have rebounded from a sluggish beginning to 2018", the MPC says, noting that domestic output has risen since April, the labour market is tightening and the housing market is stabilizing.