Today on the Hill: Businesses, banks, gaze into Canada's economic future

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OTTAWA - We'll find out today how confident businesses and some big banks are about the future of the Canadian economy.

The Bank of Canada is set to release the spring issue of its Business Outlook Survey, and with it a survey of senior loan officers at the major lenders.

The outlook reports are seen as a sort of crystal ball on the future of interest rates, business sales and ultimately job creation.

And they follow on the heels of a Statistics Canada report released Friday that showed nearly 43,000 jobs were created in March.

Here are some other notable events happening today in Ottawa:

— The Canadian Agency for Drugs and Technologies in Health holds a conference on "The Realities of Health Care Decision-Making.";

— Commons Speaker Andrew Scheer hosts a reception in honour of National We Day. Free The Children co-founder Marc Kielburger is also expected to attend.

— The Canadian Diabetes Association holds a press conference to introduce a Diabetes Charter for Canada.

— Heritage Minister Shelly Glover speaks at the Annual Awards Gala of Canadian Women in Communication and Technology.

— Peter Crowley, Head of Polio at UNICEF Headquarters in New York, talks about Canada's role in the fight to protect children from polio.

— And Gov. Gen. David Johnston presents the Caring Canadian Award to 46 volunteers from across the country. The Queen's representative in Canada will also tour the Ottawa Hospital.

Organizations: Bank of Canada, Statistics Canada, Free The Children Canadian Diabetes Association Diabetes Charter for Canada UNICEF Queen's Ottawa Hospital

Geographic location: Canada, OTTAWA, New York

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