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

TORONTO, ONTARIO -- (Marketwired) -- 12/29/15 -- (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 revised final annual 2015 reinvested distributions for iShares Global Healthcare Index ETF (CAD-Hedged) ("XHC") and iShares Core S&P 500 Index ETF (CAD-Hedged) ("XSP"). For all other iShares ETFs listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange, the reinvested capital gains rates previously announced on December 24, 2015 are unchanged. Final distributions for iShares Premium Money Market ETF ("CMR") will be confirmed in a press release to be issued on or about December 30, 2015.

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.

Revised details regarding the "per unit" distribution amounts, which replace those previously announced on December 24, 2015, are as follows:


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Fund Name                                  Fund Ticker    Reinvested Capital
                                                          Gains Distribution
                                                                Per Unit ($)
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iShares Balanced Income CorePortfolio™          CBD               0.65115
 Index ETF
                                          ----------------------------------
                                                 CBD.A               0.65509
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iShares 1-10 Year Laddered Corporate Bond          CBH               0.00000
 Index ETF
                                          ----------------------------------
                                                 CBH.A               0.00000
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iShares Balanced Growth CorePortfolio™          CBN               0.58215
 Index ETF
                                          ----------------------------------
                                                 CBN.A               0.41061
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iShares 1-5 Year Laddered Corporate Bond           CBO               0.00000
 Index ETF
                                          ----------------------------------
                                                 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                  CDZ               0.94091
 Aristocrats Index ETF
                                          ----------------------------------
                                                 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         CHB               0.00000
 ETF (CAD-Hedged)
                                          ----------------------------------
                                                 CHB.A               0.00000
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iShares International Fundamental Index            CIE               0.58370
 ETF
                                          ----------------------------------
                                                 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-          CJP               0.00000
 Hedged)
                                          ----------------------------------
                                                 CJP.A               0.00000
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iShares 1-5 Year Laddered Government Bond          CLF               0.00000
 Index ETF
                                          ----------------------------------
                                                 CLF.A               0.00000
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iShares 1-10 Year Laddered Government Bond         CLG               0.00000
 Index ETF
                                          ----------------------------------
                                                 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           CPD               0.00000
 Index ETF
                                          ----------------------------------
                                                 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             CSD               0.00000
 Income ETF (CAD-Hedged)
                                          ----------------------------------
                                                 CSD.A               0.00000
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iShares US Dividend Growers Index ETF              CUD               0.00000
 (CAD-Hedged)
                                          ----------------------------------
                                                 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         CWO               0.00000
 ETF
                                          ----------------------------------
                                                 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          CYH               0.00000
 (CAD-Hedged)
                                          ----------------------------------
                                                 CYH.A               0.00000
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iShares Canadian Financial Monthly Income          FIE               0.00000
 ETF
                                          ----------------------------------
                                                 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          XAL               0.00000
 Builder Fund
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iShares Core MSCI All Country World ex             XAW               0.00000
 Canada Index ETF
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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           XBM               0.00000
 ETF
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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          XCD               0.00000
 Index ETF (CAD-Hedged)
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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                XCR               0.00000
 Builder Fund
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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           XEB               0.00000
 Bond Index ETF (CAD-Hedged)
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iShares Core MSCI Emerging Markets IMI             XEC               0.00000
 Index ETF
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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-            XEH               0.00000
 Hedged)
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iShares Core S&P/TSX Composite High                XEI               0.00000
 Dividend Index ETF
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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            XFA               0.13197
 ETF (CAD-Hedged)
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iShares FactorSelect™ MSCI Canada Index         XFC               0.03239
 ETF
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iShares FactorSelect™ MSCI EAFE Index           XFF               0.93073
 ETF (CAD-Hedged)
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iShares Core MSCI EAFE IMI Index ETF (CAD-         XFH               0.00000
 Hedged)
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iShares FactorSelect™ MSCI EAFE Index           XFI               0.32304
 ETF
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iShares S&P/TSX Capped Financials Index            XFN               0.01586
 ETF
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iShares Floating Rate Index ETF                    XFR               0.00000
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iShares FactorSelect™ MSCI USA Index            XFS               0.12440
 ETF
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iShares Canadian Government Bond Index ETF         XGB               0.21366
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iShares Global Completion Portfolio                XGC               0.00000
 Builder Fund
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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           XGI               0.00000
 (CAD-Hedged)
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iShares Growth Core Portfolio Builder Fund         XGR               0.00000
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iShares Canadian HYBrid Corporate Bond             XHB               0.00000
 Index ETF
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iShares Global Healthcare Index ETF (CAD-       XHC(i)            0.09738(i)
 Hedged)(i)
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iShares U.S. High Dividend Equity Index            XHD               0.00000
 ETF (CAD-Hedged)
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iShares U.S. High Dividend Equity Index            XHU               0.00000
 ETF
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iShares U.S. High Yield Bond Index ETF             XHY               0.00000
 (CAD-Hedged)
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iShares Core S&P/TSX Capped Composite              XIC               0.45063
 Index ETF
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iShares India Index ETF                            XID               0.00000
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iShares U.S. IG Corporate Bond Index ETF           XIG               0.00000
 (CAD-Hedged)
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iShares MSCI EAFE® Index ETF (CAD-               XIN               0.00000
 Hedged)
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iShares S&P/TSX Capped Information                 XIT               0.00000
 Technology Index ETF
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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         XLB               0.00000
 ETF
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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-           XMH               0.00000
 Hedged)
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iShares MSCI EAFE Minimum Volatility Index         XMI               0.00000
 ETF
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iShares MSCI Emerging Markets Minimum              XMM               0.00000
 Volatility Index ETF
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iShares MSCI USA Minimum Volatility Index          XMU               1.09222
 ETF
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iShares MSCI Canada Minimum Volatility             XMV               0.00000
 Index ETF
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iShares MSCI All Country World Minimum             XMW               0.00000
 Volatility Index ETF
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iShares S&P/TSX North American Preferred           XPF               0.00000
 Stock Index ETF (CAD-Hedged)
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iShares Core High Quality Canadian Bond            XQB               0.00000
 Index ETF
                                          ----------------------------------
                                                 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         XRB(i)            0.25071(i)
 ETF(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          XSC               0.00000
 Fixed Income ETF
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iShares Conservative Strategic Fixed               XSE               0.00000
 Income ETF
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iShares Core Canadian Short Term Corporate         XSH               0.00000
 + Maple Bond Index ETF
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iShares Short Term Strategic Fixed Income          XSI               0.00000
 ETF
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iShares Core S&P 500 Index ETF (CAD-            XSP(i)            0.01059(i)
 Hedged)(i)
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iShares Core Short Term High Quality               XSQ               0.00000
 Canadian Bond Index ETF
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iShares S&P/TSX Capped Consumer Staples            XST               1.20785
 Index ETF
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iShares U.S. Small Cap Index ETF (CAD-             XSU               0.00000
 Hedged)
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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           XUH               0.00000
 ETF (CAD-Hedged)
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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           XUU               0.00000
 ETF
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iShares MSCI World Index ETF                       XWD               0.15688
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(i)For iShares Global Healthcare Index ETF (CAD-Hedged) (XHC), iShares Canadian Real Return Bond Index ETF (XRB), and iShares Core S&P 500 Index ETF (CAD-Hedged) (XSP) 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
Maeve.Hannigan@blackrock.com

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