BlackRock(R) Canada Announces Estimated December Cash Distributions for the iShares(R) ETFs

TORONTO, ONTARIO -- (Marketwired) -- 12/19/16 -- (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) (TSXP: 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: XML) (TSX: XMM) (TSX: XMS) (TSX: XMU) (TSX: XMV) (TSX: XMW) (TSX: XMY) (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 December 2016 cash distributions for the iShares ETFs listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange. Unitholders of record of a fund on December 30, 2016 will receive cash distributions payable in respect of that fund on January 5, 2017.

BlackRock Canada expects to issue a press release on or about December 23, 2016, which will provide the final amounts for all funds except the iShares Premium Money Market ETF, for which a press release will be issued on or about December 29, 2016. Generally, with the exception of the iShares Premium Money Market ETF, the Cash Distribution Per Unit is expected to increase if the net units outstanding of a fund decreases between December 19, 2016 and December 23, 2016 or may change for other unforeseen factors.

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


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                                                              Estimated Cash
                                                                Distribution
Fund Name                                          Fund Ticker  Per Unit ($)
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iShares Balanced Income CorePortfolio™ Index
 ETF                                                       CBD       0.06351
                                                ----------------------------
                                                         CBD.A       0.06450
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iShares 1-10 Year Laddered Corporate Bond Index
 ETF                                                       CBH       0.06176
                                                ----------------------------
                                                         CBH.A       0.06303
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iShares Balanced Growth CorePortfolio™ Index
 ETF                                                       CBN       0.04120
                                                ----------------------------
                                                         CBN.A       0.02377
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iShares 1-5 Year Laddered Corporate Bond Index
 ETF                                                       CBO       0.04592
                                                ----------------------------
                                                         CBO.A       0.05552
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iShares BRIC Index ETF                                     CBQ       0.12156
                                                ----------------------------
                                                         CBQ.A       0.00000
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iShares S&P/TSX Canadian Dividend Aristocrats
 Index ETF                                                 CDZ       0.08774
                                                ----------------------------
                                                         CDZ.A       0.07107
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iShares Equal Weight Banc & Lifeco ETF                     CEW       0.03803
                                                ----------------------------
                                                         CEW.A       0.03250
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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       0.29440
                                                ----------------------------
                                                         CGR.A       0.46043
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iShares U.S. High Yield Fixed Income Index ETF
 (CAD-Hedged)                                              CHB       0.09051
                                                ----------------------------
                                                         CHB.A       0.08137
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iShares International Fundamental Index ETF                CIE       0.10741
                                                ----------------------------
                                                         CIE.A       0.09173
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iShares Global Infrastructure Index ETF                    CIF       0.10247
                                                ----------------------------
                                                         CIF.A       0.04350
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iShares Japan Fundamental Index ETF (CAD-Hedged)           CJP       0.13467
                                                ----------------------------
                                                         CJP.A       0.15752
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iShares 1-5 Year Laddered Government Bond Index
 ETF                                                       CLF       0.05087
                                                ----------------------------
                                                         CLF.A       0.06264
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iShares 1-10 Year Laddered Government Bond Index
 ETF                                                       CLG       0.05030
                                                ----------------------------
                                                         CLG.A       0.04094
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iShares US Fundamental Index ETF                           CLU       0.16017
                                                ----------------------------
                                                         CLU.A       0.15603
                                                ----------------------------
                                                         CLU.B       0.17311
                                                ----------------------------
                                                         CLU.C       0.19531
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iShares Premium Money Market ETF                           CMR       0.02016
                                                ----------------------------
                                                         CMR.A       0.00602
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iShares Global Agriculture Index ETF                       COW       0.43094
                                                ----------------------------
                                                         COW.A       0.20372
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iShares S&P/TSX Canadian Preferred Share Index
 ETF                                                       CPD       0.05217
                                                ----------------------------
                                                         CPD.A       0.04603
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iShares Canadian Fundamental Index ETF                     CRQ       0.03919
                                                ----------------------------
                                                         CRQ.A       0.02439
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iShares Short Duration High Income ETF (CAD-
 Hedged)                                                   CSD       0.07785
                                                ----------------------------
                                                         CSD.A       0.06890
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iShares US Dividend Growers Index ETF (CAD-
 Hedged)                                                   CUD       0.10387
                                                ----------------------------
                                                         CUD.A       0.09461
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iShares Convertible Bond Index ETF                         CVD       0.07290
                                                ----------------------------
                                                         CVD.A       0.10940
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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       0.05204
                                                ----------------------------
                                                         CYH.A       0.04234
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iShares Canadian Financial Monthly Income ETF              FIE       0.04000
                                                ----------------------------
                                                         FIE.A       0.04000
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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       0.52833
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iShares Core MSCI All Country World ex Canada
 Index ETF                                                 XAW       0.16663
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iShares Canadian Universe Bond Index ETF                   XBB       0.07109
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iShares S&P/TSX Global Base Metals Index ETF               XBM       0.21391
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iShares MSCI Brazil Index ETF                              XBZ       0.05881
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iShares Canadian Corporate Bond Index ETF                  XCB       0.05528
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iShares S&P Global Consumer Discretionary Index
 ETF (CAD-Hedged)                                          XCD       0.18419
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iShares Canadian Growth Index ETF                          XCG       0.04669
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iShares China Index ETF                                    XCH       0.11299
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iShares Conservative Core Portfolio Builder Fund           XCR       0.40275
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iShares S&P/TSX SmallCap Index ETF                         XCS       0.05390
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iShares Canadian Value Index ETF                           XCV       0.14405
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iShares Canadian Select Dividend Index ETF                 XDV       0.07486
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iShares J.P. Morgan USD Emerging Markets Bond
 Index ETF (CAD-Hedged)                                    XEB       0.14700
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iShares Core MSCI Emerging Markets IMI Index ETF           XEC       0.27535
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iShares Core MSCI EAFE IMI Index ETF                       XEF       0.20221
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iShares S&P/TSX Capped Energy Index ETF                    XEG       0.04553
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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       0.07585
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iShares MSCI Emerging Markets Index ETF                    XEM       0.45141
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iShares Jantzi Social Index ETF                            XEN       0.08786
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iShares MSCI Europe IMI Index ETF                          XEU       0.17076
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iShares Edge MSCI Multifactor USA Index ETF
 (CAD-Hedged)                                              XFA       0.07364
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iShares Edge MSCI Multifactor Canada Index ETF             XFC       0.04868
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iShares Edge MSCI Multifactor EAFE Index ETF
 (CAD-Hedged)                                              XFF       0.10641
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iShares Core MSCI EAFE IMI Index ETF (CAD-
 Hedged)                                                   XFH       0.11493
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iShares Edge MSCI Multifactor EAFE Index ETF               XFI       0.04914
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iShares S&P/TSX Capped Financials Index ETF                XFN       0.08042
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iShares Floating Rate Index ETF                            XFR       0.01347
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iShares Edge MSCI Multifactor USA Index ETF                XFS       0.07009
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iShares Canadian Government Bond Index ETF                 XGB       0.04415
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iShares Global Completion Portfolio Builder Fund           XGC       0.50302
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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       0.15652
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iShares Growth Core Portfolio Builder Fund                 XGR       0.43607
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iShares Canadian HYBrid Corporate Bond Index ETF           XHB       0.07292
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iShares Global Healthcare Index ETF (CAD-Hedged)           XHC       0.38251
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iShares U.S. High Dividend Equity Index ETF
 (CAD-Hedged)                                              XHD       0.06030
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iShares U.S. High Dividend Equity Index ETF                XHU       0.04783
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iShares U.S. High Yield Bond Index ETF (CAD-
 Hedged)                                                   XHY       0.09019
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iShares Core S&P/TSX Capped Composite Index ETF            XIC       0.16386
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iShares India Index ETF                                    XID       0.02945
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iShares U.S. IG Corporate Bond Index ETF (CAD-
 Hedged)                                                   XIG       0.10887
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iShares MSCI EAFE® Index ETF (CAD-Hedged)                XIN       0.18839
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iShares S&P/TSX Capped Information Technology
 Index ETF                                                 XIT       0.02254
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iShares S&P/TSX 60 Index ETF                               XIU       0.00000
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iShares Core Canadian Long Term Bond Index ETF             XLB       0.07013
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iShares S&P/TSX Capped Materials Index ETF                 XMA       0.00470
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iShares S&P U.S. Mid-Cap Index ETF                         XMC       0.09543
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iShares S&P/TSX Completion Index ETF                       XMD       0.06075
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iShares S&P U.S. Mid-Cap Index ETF (CAD-Hedged)            XMH       0.16110
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iShares Edge MSCI Min Vol EAFE Index ETF                   XMI       0.29653
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iShares Edge MSCI Min Vol EAFE Index ETF (CAD-
 Hedged)                                                   XML       0.20237
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iShares Edge MSCI Min Vol Emerging Markets Index
 ETF                                                       XMM       0.31963
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iShares Edge MSCI Min Vol USA Index ETF (CAD-
 Hedged)                                                   XMS       0.11384
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iShares Edge MSCI Min Vol USA Index ETF                    XMU       0.22700
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iShares Edge MSCI Min Vol Canada Index ETF                 XMV       0.11422
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iShares Edge MSCI Min Vol Global Index ETF                 XMW       0.34362
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iShares Edge MSCI Min Vol Global Index ETF (CAD-
 Hedged)                                                   XMY       0.19525
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iShares S&P/TSX North American Preferred Stock
 Index ETF (CAD-Hedged)                                    XPF       0.06842
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iShares Core High Quality Canadian Bond Index
 ETF                                                       XQB       0.04436
                                                ----------------------------
                                                         XQB.A       0.04784
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iShares NASDAQ 100 Index ETF (CAD-Hedged)                  XQQ       0.16001
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iShares Canadian Real Return Bond Index ETF                XRB       0.20445
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iShares S&P/TSX Capped REIT Index ETF                      XRE       0.06878
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iShares Canadian Short Term Bond Index ETF                 XSB       0.05321
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iShares Conservative Short Term Strategic Fixed
 Income ETF                                                XSC       0.04677
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iShares Conservative Strategic Fixed Income ETF            XSE       0.06292
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iShares Core Canadian Short Term Corporate +
 Maple Bond Index ETF                                      XSH       0.04873
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iShares Short Term Strategic Fixed Income ETF              XSI       0.04934
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iShares Core S&P 500 Index ETF (CAD-Hedged)                XSP       0.20617
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iShares Core Short Term High Quality Canadian
 Bond Index ETF                                            XSQ       0.03540
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iShares S&P/TSX Capped Consumer Staples Index
 ETF                                                       XST       0.05025
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iShares U.S. Small Cap Index ETF (CAD-Hedged)              XSU       0.20590
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iShares Diversified Monthly Income ETF                     XTR       0.05000
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iShares Core S&P U.S. Total Market Index ETF
 (CAD-Hedged)                                              XUH       0.12877
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iShares Core S&P 500 Index ETF                             XUS       0.28877
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iShares S&P/TSX Capped Utilities Index ETF                 XUT       0.06409
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iShares Core S&P U.S. Total Market Index ETF               XUU       0.12768
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iShares MSCI World Index ETF                               XWD       0.29693
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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, 2016, BlackRock's AUM was US$5.1 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, 2016, the firm had approximately 13,000 employees in 30 countries and a major presence in 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, 2016, 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$5.117 trillion in AUM as of 9/30/16.

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
416-643-4058
Maeve.Hannigan@blackrock.com

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