OTTAWA — The Bank of Canada says while plummeting oil prices have darkened the confidence of firms linked to the energy sector, Canadian businesses overall see brighter days ahead.

The central bank’s latest business outlook survey found Western Canadian companies planned to reduce their investments in equipment and hiring following the oil-price collapse.

On the other hand, Eastern and Central Canadian companies said they were planning to invest more, particularly in the manufacturing industry.

The survey also found companies that expected to benefit from the improving U.S. economy were more optimistic about the future than firms more focused on the domestic market.

The bank report says some companies expected the lower Canadian dollar would help them reclaim market share and increase competitiveness.

The Bank of Canada also released the results of its senior loan officer survey, which showed overall business-lending conditions were largely unchanged in the last quarter of 2014.