BlackRock(R) Canada Announces Estimated Annual Reinvested Capital Gains Distributions for the iShares(R) ETFs

TORONTO, ONTARIO -- (Marketwired) -- 12/18/15 -- (TSX: CBD) (TSX: CBD.A) (TSX: CBH) (TSX: CBH.A) (TSX: CBN) (TSX: CBN.A) (TSX: CBO) (TSX: CBO.A) (TSX: CBQ) (TSX: CBQ.A) (TSX: CDZ) (TSX: CDZ.A) (TSX: CEW) (TSX: CEW.A) (TSX: CGL) (TSX: CGL.C) (TSX: CGR) (TSX: CGR.A) (TSX: CHB) (TSX: CHB.A) (TSX: CIE) (TSX: CIE.A) (TSX: CIF) (TSX: CIF.A) (TSX: CJP) (TSX: CJP.A) (TSX: CLF) (TSX: CLF.A) (TSX: CLG) (TSX: CLG.A) (TSX: CLU) (TSX: CLU.A) (TSX: CLU.B) (TSX: CLU.C) (TSX: CMR) (TSX: CMR.A) (TSX: COW) (TSX: COW.A) (TSX: CPD) (TSX: CPD.A) (TSX: CRQ) (TSX: CRQ.A) (TSX: CSD) (TSX: CSD.A) (TSX: CUD) (TSX: CUD.A) (TSX: CVD) (TSX: CVD.A) (TSX: CWO) (TSX: CWO.A) (TSX: CWW) (TSX: CWW.A) (TSX: CYH) (TSX: CYH.A) (TSX: FIE) (TSX: FIE.A) (TSX: SVR) (TSX: SVR.C) (TSX: XAL) (TSX: XAW) (TSX: XBB) (TSX: XBM) (TSX: XBZ) (TSX: XCB) (TSX: XCD) (TSX: XCG) (TSX: XCH) (TSX: XCR) (TSX: XCS) (TSX: XCV) (TSX: XDV) (TSX: XEB) (TSX: XEC) (TSX: XEF) (TSX: XEG) (TSX: XEH) (TSX: XEI) (TSX: XEM) (TSX: XEN) (TSX: XEU) (TSX: XFA) (TSX: XFC) (TSX: XFF) (TSX: XFH) (TSX: XFI) (TSX: XFN) (TSX: XFR) (TSX: XFS) (TSX: XGB) (TSX: XGC) (TSX: XGD) (TSX: XGI) (TSX: XGR) (TSX: XHB) (TSX: XHC) (TSX: XHD) (TSX: XHU) (TSX: XHY) (TSX: XIC) (TSX: XID) (TSX: XIG) (TSX: XIN) (TSX: XIT) (TSX: XIU) (TSX: XLB) (TSX: XMA) (TSX: XMC) (TSX: XMD) (TSX: XMH) (TSX: XMI) (TSX: XMM) (TSX: XMU) (TSX: XMV) (TSX: XMW) (TSX: XPF) (TSX: XQB) (TSX: XQB.A) (TSX: XQQ) (TSX: XRB) (TSX: XRE) (TSX: XSB) (TSX: XSC) (TSX: XSE) (TSX: XSH) (TSX: XSI) (TSX: XSP) (TSX: XSQ) (TSX: XST) (TSX: XSU) (TSX: XTR) (TSX: XUH) (TSX: XUS) (TSX: XUT) (TSX: XUU) (TSX: XWD)

BlackRock Asset Management Canada Limited ("BlackRock Canada"), an indirect, wholly-owned subsidiary of BlackRock, Inc. (NYSE: BLK), today announced the estimated annual reinvested capital gains distributions for the iShares ETFs listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange for the 2015 tax year. Please note that these are estimated amounts only as of December 15, 2015 and could change if the iShares Funds experience subscriptions or redemptions prior to the ex-dividend date.

These estimates are for the annual non-cash capital gains distributions, which are typically reinvested in additional units of the respective funds at the year-end, and do not include estimates of ongoing monthly, quarterly, semi-annual, or annual cash distribution amounts. The additional units will be immediately consolidated with the previously outstanding units such that the number of outstanding units following the distribution will equal the number of units outstanding prior to the distribution.

BlackRock Canada expects to announce the final annual reinvested distribution amounts, as well as the monthly, quarterly, semi-annual, and annual cash distribution amounts, as applicable, for 2015, on or about December 24, 2015, for all funds except the iShares Premium Money Market ETF, for which a press release will be issued on December 30, 2015. The record date for the 2015 annual distributions will be December 31, 2015, payable on January 6, 2016. The actual taxable amounts of reinvested and cash distributions for 2015, including the tax characteristics of the distributions, will be reported to brokers (through CDS Clearing and Depository Services Inc. or "CDS") in early 2016.

Details regarding the "per unit" distribution amounts are as follows:


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Fund Name                                                          Estimated
                                                                      Annual
                                                                  Reinvested
                                                               Capital Gains
                                                                Distribution
                                                             Per Unit ($) at
                                                 Fund Ticker    Dec 15, 2015
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iShares Balanced Income CorePortfolio™
 Index ETF                                               CBD         0.65115
                                             -------------------------------
                                                       CBD.A         0.65509
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iShares 1-10 Year Laddered Corporate Bond
 Index ETF                                               CBH         0.00000
                                             -------------------------------
                                                       CBH.A         0.00000
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iShares Balanced Growth CorePortfolio™
 Index ETF                                               CBN         0.58215
                                             -------------------------------
                                                       CBN.A         0.41061
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iShares 1-5 Year Laddered Corporate Bond
 Index ETF                                               CBO         0.00000
                                             -------------------------------
                                                       CBO.A         0.00000
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iShares BRIC Index ETF                                   CBQ         0.00000
                                             -------------------------------
                                                       CBQ.A         0.00000
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iShares S&P/TSX Canadian Dividend Aristocrats
 Index ETF                                               CDZ         0.94845
                                             -------------------------------
                                                       CDZ.A         0.95529
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iShares Equal Weight Banc & Lifeco ETF                   CEW         0.25052
                                             -------------------------------
                                                       CEW.A         0.02606
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iShares Gold Bullion ETF                                 CGL         0.00000
                                             -------------------------------
                                                       CGL.C         0.00000
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iShares Global Real Estate Index ETF                     CGR         0.46742
                                             -------------------------------
                                                       CGR.A         0.00000
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iShares U.S. High Yield Fixed Income Index
 ETF (CAD-Hedged)                                        CHB         0.00000
                                             -------------------------------
                                                       CHB.A         0.00000
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iShares International Fundamental Index ETF              CIE         0.58370
                                             -------------------------------
                                                       CIE.A         0.68093
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iShares Global Infrastructure Index ETF                  CIF         0.55617
                                             -------------------------------
                                                       CIF.A         0.58119
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iShares Japan Fundamental Index ETF (CAD-
 Hedged)                                                 CJP         0.00000
                                             -------------------------------
                                                       CJP.A         0.00000
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iShares 1-5 Year Laddered Government Bond
 Index ETF                                               CLF         0.00000
                                             -------------------------------
                                                       CLF.A         0.00000
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iShares 1-10 Year Laddered Government Bond
 Index ETF                                               CLG         0.00000
                                             -------------------------------
                                                       CLG.A         0.00000
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iShares US Fundamental Index ETF                         CLU         0.00000
                                             -------------------------------
                                                       CLU.A         0.00000
                                             -------------------------------
                                                       CLU.B         0.00000
                                             -------------------------------
                                                       CLU.C         0.00000
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iShares Premium Money Market ETF(i)                      CMR         0.00000
                                             -------------------------------
                                                    CMR.A(i)      0.02750(i)
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iShares Global Agriculture Index ETF                     COW         0.78827
                                             -------------------------------
                                                       COW.A         0.00000
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iShares S&P/TSX Canadian Preferred Share
 Index ETF                                               CPD         0.00000
                                             -------------------------------
                                                       CPD.A         0.00000
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iShares Canadian Fundamental Index ETF                   CRQ         0.00000
                                             -------------------------------
                                                       CRQ.A         0.00000
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iShares Advantaged Short Duration High Income
 ETF (CAD-Hedged)                                        CSD         0.00000
                                             -------------------------------
                                                       CSD.A         0.00000
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iShares US Dividend Growers Index ETF (CAD-
 Hedged)                                                 CUD         0.00000
                                             -------------------------------
                                                       CUD.A         0.00000
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iShares Convertible Bond Index ETF                       CVD         0.00000
                                             -------------------------------
                                                       CVD.A         0.00000
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iShares Emerging Markets Fundamental Index
 ETF                                                     CWO         0.00000
                                             -------------------------------
                                                       CWO.A         0.00000
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iShares Global Water Index ETF                           CWW         0.00000
                                             -------------------------------
                                                       CWW.A         0.00000
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iShares Global Monthly Dividend Index ETF
 (CAD-Hedged)                                            CYH         0.00000
                                             -------------------------------
                                                       CYH.A         0.00000
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iShares Canadian Financial Monthly Income ETF            FIE         0.00000
                                             -------------------------------
                                                       FIE.A         0.00000
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iShares Silver Bullion ETF                               SVR         0.00000
                                             -------------------------------
                                                       SVR.C         0.00000
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iShares Alternatives Completion Portfolio
 Builder Fund                                            XAL         0.00000
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iShares Core MSCI All Country World ex Canada
 Index ETF                                               XAW         0.00000
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iShares Canadian Universe Bond Index ETF                 XBB         0.18462
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iShares S&P/TSX Global Base Metals Index ETF             XBM         0.00000
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iShares MSCI Brazil Index ETF                            XBZ         0.00000
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iShares Canadian Corporate Bond Index ETF                XCB         0.01857
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iShares S&P Global Consumer Discretionary
 Index ETF (CAD-Hedged)                                  XCD         0.00000
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iShares Canadian Growth Index ETF                        XCG         0.00000
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iShares China Index ETF                                  XCH         0.00000
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iShares Conservative Core Portfolio Builder
 Fund                                                    XCR         0.00000
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iShares S&P/TSX SmallCap Index ETF                       XCS         0.00000
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iShares Canadian Value Index ETF                         XCV         0.00000
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iShares Canadian Select Dividend Index ETF               XDV         0.00000
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iShares J.P. Morgan USD Emerging Markets Bond
 Index ETF (CAD-Hedged)                                  XEB         0.00000
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iShares Core MSCI Emerging Markets IMI Index
 ETF                                                     XEC         0.00000
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iShares Core MSCI EAFE IMI Index ETF                     XEF         0.06319
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iShares S&P/TSX Capped Energy Index ETF                  XEG         0.00000
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iShares MSCI Europe IMI Index ETF (CAD-
 Hedged)                                                 XEH         0.00000
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iShares Core S&P/TSX Composite High Dividend
 Index ETF                                               XEI         0.00000
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iShares MSCI Emerging Markets Index ETF                  XEM         0.03899
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iShares Jantzi Social Index ETF                          XEN         0.00000
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iShares MSCI Europe IMI Index ETF                        XEU         0.00000
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iShares FactorSelect™ MSCI USA Index ETF
 (CAD-Hedged)                                            XFA         0.13197
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iShares FactorSelect™ MSCI Canada Index
 ETF                                                     XFC         0.03886
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iShares FactorSelect™ MSCI EAFE Index ETF
 (CAD-Hedged)                                            XFF         0.93073
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iShares Core MSCI EAFE IMI Index ETF (CAD-
 Hedged)                                                 XFH         0.00000
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iShares FactorSelect™ MSCI EAFE Index ETF             XFI         0.32304
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iShares S&P/TSX Capped Financials Index ETF              XFN         0.01073
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iShares Floating Rate Index ETF                          XFR         0.00000
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iShares FactorSelect™ MSCI USA Index ETF              XFS         0.12440
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iShares Canadian Government Bond Index ETF               XGB         0.21067
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iShares Global Completion Portfolio Builder
 Fund                                                    XGC         0.00000
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iShares S&P/TSX Global Gold Index ETF                    XGD         0.00000
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iShares S&P Global Industrials Index ETF
 (CAD-Hedged)                                            XGI         0.00000
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iShares Growth Core Portfolio Builder Fund               XGR         0.00000
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iShares Canadian HYBrid Corporate Bond Index
 ETF                                                     XHB         0.00000
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iShares Global Healthcare Index ETF (CAD-
 Hedged)                                                 XHC         0.00000
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iShares U.S. High Dividend Equity Index ETF
 (CAD-Hedged)                                            XHD         0.00000
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iShares U.S. High Dividend Equity Index ETF              XHU         0.00000
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iShares U.S. High Yield Bond Index ETF (CAD-
 Hedged)                                                 XHY         0.00000
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iShares Core S&P/TSX Capped Composite Index
 ETF                                                     XIC         0.45824
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iShares India Index ETF                                  XID         0.00000
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iShares U.S. IG Corporate Bond Index ETF
 (CAD-Hedged)                                            XIG         0.00000
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iShares MSCI EAFE® Index ETF (CAD-Hedged)              XIN         0.00000
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iShares S&P/TSX Capped Information Technology
 Index ETF                                               XIT         0.00000
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iShares S&P/TSX 60 Index ETF                             XIU         0.26761
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iShares Core Canadian Long Term Bond Index
 ETF                                                     XLB         0.00000
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iShares S&P/TSX Capped Materials Index ETF               XMA         0.00000
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iShares S&P U.S. Mid-Cap Index ETF                       XMC         0.00000
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iShares S&P/TSX Completion Index ETF                     XMD         0.00000
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iShares S&P U.S. Mid-Cap Index ETF (CAD-
 Hedged)                                                 XMH         0.00000
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iShares MSCI EAFE Minimum Volatility Index
 ETF                                                     XMI         0.00000
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iShares MSCI Emerging Markets Minimum
 Volatility Index ETF                                    XMM         0.00000
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iShares MSCI USA Minimum Volatility Index ETF            XMU         1.09222
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iShares MSCI Canada Minimum Volatility Index
 ETF                                                     XMV         0.00000
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iShares MSCI All Country World Minimum
 Volatility Index ETF                                    XMW         0.00000
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iShares S&P/TSX North American Preferred
 Stock Index ETF (CAD-Hedged)                            XPF         0.00000
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iShares Core High Quality Canadian Bond Index
 ETF                                                     XQB         0.00000
                                             -------------------------------
                                                       XQB.A         0.00000
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iShares NASDAQ 100 Index ETF (CAD-Hedged)                XQQ         0.00000
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iShares Canadian Real Return Bond Index
 ETF(i)                                               XRB(i)      0.25071(i)
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iShares S&P/TSX Capped REIT Index ETF                    XRE         0.01561
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iShares Canadian Short Term Bond Index ETF               XSB         0.00000
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iShares Conservative Short Term Strategic
 Fixed Income ETF                                        XSC         0.00000
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iShares Conservative Strategic Fixed Income
 ETF                                                     XSE         0.00000
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iShares Core Canadian Short Term Corporate +
 Maple Bond Index ETF                                    XSH         0.00000
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iShares Short Term Strategic Fixed Income ETF            XSI         0.00000
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iShares Core S&P 500 Index ETF (CAD-Hedged)              XSP         0.00000
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iShares Core Short Term High Quality Canadian
 Bond Index ETF                                          XSQ         0.00000
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iShares S&P/TSX Capped Consumer Staples Index
 ETF                                                     XST         1.20785
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iShares U.S. Small Cap Index ETF (CAD-Hedged)            XSU         0.00000
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iShares Diversified Monthly Income ETF                   XTR         0.00000
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iShares Core S&P U.S. Total Market Index ETF
 (CAD-Hedged)                                            XUH         0.00000
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iShares Core S&P 500 Index ETF                           XUS         0.04151
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iShares S&P/TSX Capped Utilities Index ETF               XUT         0.00000
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iShares Core S&P U.S. Total Market Index ETF             XUU         0.00000
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iShares MSCI World Index ETF                             XWD         0.14104
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(i)For iShares Canadian Real Return Bond Index ETF (XRB) and iShares Premium Money Market ETF (CMR.A) only, the distribution amount includes an income component.

Further information on the iShares Funds can be found at www.blackrock.com/ca.

About BlackRock

BlackRock is a global leader in investment management, risk management and advisory services for institutional and retail clients. At September 30, 2015, BlackRock's AUM was US $4.506 trillion. BlackRock helps clients around the world meet their goals and overcome challenges with a range of products that include separate accounts, mutual funds, iShares® (exchange-traded funds), and other pooled investment vehicles. BlackRock also offers risk management, advisory and enterprise investment system services to a broad base of institutional investors through BlackRock Solutions®. As of September 30, 2015, the firm had approximately 12,900 employees in more than 30 countries and a major presence in key global markets, including North and South America, Europe, Asia, Australia and the Middle East and Africa. For additional information, please visit the Company's website at www.blackrock.com/ca / Twitter: @BlackRockCA / Blog: www.blackrockblog.com/can

About iShares ETFs

iShares is a global leader in exchange-traded funds (ETFs), with more than a decade of expertise and commitment to individual and institutional investors of all sizes. With over 700 funds globally across multiple asset classes and strategies and more than US $1 trillion in assets under management as of September 30, 2015, iShares helps clients around the world build the core of their portfolios, meet specific investment goals and implement market views. iShares funds are powered by the expert portfolio and risk management of BlackRock, trusted to manage more money than any other investment firm.(1)

(1)Based on US $4.506 trillion in AUM as of 9/30/15.

iShares® ETFs are managed by BlackRock Asset Management Canada Limited.

Commissions, trailing commissions, management fees and expenses all may be associated with investing in iShares ETFs. Please read the relevant prospectus before investing. The funds are not guaranteed, their values change frequently and past performance may not be repeated. Tax, investment and all other decisions should be made, as appropriate, only with guidance from a qualified professional.

Contacts:
Contact for Media:
Maeve Hannigan
T - 416-643-4058
Email: Maeve.Hannigan@blackrock.com

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