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

TORONTO, ONTARIO -- (Marketwired) -- 12/24/15 -- (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: 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 final annual 2015 reinvested capital gains distributions for the iShares ETFs listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange, with the exception of the iShares Premium Money Market ETF ("CMR"). Final distributions for CMR will be confirmed in a press release to be issued on or about December 30, 2014.

The annual non-cash capital gains distributions are typically reinvested in additional units of the respective funds at the year-end, and do not include 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.

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                                                         Reinvested
                                                               Capital Gains
                                                                Distribution
                                                  Fund Ticker   Per Unit ($)
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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        0.94091
                                              ------------------------------
                                                        CDZ.A        0.95529
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iShares Equal Weight Banc & Lifeco ETF                    CEW        0.24909
                                              ------------------------------
                                                        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 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        0.18432
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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        0.06286
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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        0.03949
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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        0.03239
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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        0.01586
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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        0.21366
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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        0.45063
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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        0.24244
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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        0.01638
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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        0.04246
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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        0.15688
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(i)For iShares Canadian Real Return Bond Index ETF (XRB) 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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