BlackRock® Canada Announces Final Annual Reinvested Capital Gains Distributions for the iShares® ETFs

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Dec. 23, 2016) - (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 final annual 2016 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 29, 2016

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 2016 annual distributions will be December 30, 2016, payable on January 5, 2017. The actual taxable amounts of reinvested and cash distributions for 2016, including the tax characteristics of the distributions, will be reported to brokers (through CDS Clearing and Depository Services Inc. or "CDS") in early 2017.

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

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Reinvested Capital

Fund Gains Distribution

Fund Name Ticker Per Unit ($)

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iShares Balanced Income CorePortfolio(TM)

Index ETF CBD 0.00000

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CBD.A 0.08873

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iShares 1-10 Year Laddered Corporate Bond

Index ETF CBH 0.00000

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CBH.A 0.00000

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iShares Balanced Growth CorePortfolio(TM)

Index ETF CBN 0.00000

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CBN.A 0.17062

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iShares 1-5 Year Laddered Corporate Bond

Index ETF CBO 0.00000

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CBO.A 0.00000

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iShares BRIC Index ETF CBQ 0.00000

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CBQ.A 0.00000

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iShares S&P/TSX Canadian Dividend

Aristocrats Index ETF CDZ 0.00000

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CDZ.A 0.00000

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iShares Equal Weight Banc & Lifeco ETF CEW 0.21892

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CEW.A 0.00000

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iShares Gold Bullion ETF CGL 0.00000

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CGL.C 0.00000

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iShares Global Real Estate Index ETF CGR 0.46675

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CGR.A 0.00000

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iShares U.S. High Yield Fixed Income Index

ETF (CAD-Hedged) CHB 0.00000

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CHB.A 0.00000

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iShares International Fundamental Index

ETF CIE 0.31619

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CIE.A 0.00000

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iShares Global Infrastructure Index ETF CIF 0.00000

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CIF.A 0.00000

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iShares Japan Fundamental Index ETF (CAD-

Hedged) CJP 0.00000

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CJP.A 0.00000

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iShares 1-5 Year Laddered Government Bond

Index ETF CLF 0.00000

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CLF.A 0.00000

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iShares 1-10 Year Laddered Government Bond

Index ETF CLG 0.00000

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CLG.A 0.00000

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iShares US Fundamental Index ETF CLU 1.59170

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CLU.A 2.82120

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CLU.B 4.13096

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CLU.C 0.00000

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iShares Global Agriculture Index ETF COW 0.78750

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COW.A 0.69721

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iShares S&P/TSX Canadian Preferred Share

Index ETF CPD 0.00000

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CPD.A 0.00000

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iShares Canadian Fundamental Index ETF CRQ 0.02311

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CRQ.A 0.00000

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iShares Short Duration High Income ETF

(CAD-Hedged) CSD 0.00000

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CSD.A 0.00000

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iShares US Dividend Growers Index ETF

(CAD-Hedged) CUD 1.62222

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CUD.A 0.72726

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iShares Convertible Bond Index ETF CVD 0.00000

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CVD.A 0.00000

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iShares Emerging Markets Fundamental Index

ETF CWO 0.00000

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CWO.A 0.00000

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iShares Global Water Index ETF CWW 0.00000

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CWW.A 0.00000

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iShares Global Monthly Dividend Index ETF

(CAD-Hedged) CYH 0.00000

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CYH.A 0.00000

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iShares Canadian Financial Monthly Income

ETF FIE 0.00000

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FIE.A 0.00000

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iShares Silver Bullion ETF SVR 0.00000

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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 0.01315

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iShares Canadian Universe Bond Index ETF XBB 0.03404

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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 0.03118

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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 0.22862

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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 0.10994

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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 0.24291

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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 0.00000

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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 Edge MSCI Multifactor USA Index

ETF (CAD-Hedged) XFA 0.00000

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iShares Edge MSCI Multifactor Canada Index

ETF XFC 0.00000

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iShares Edge MSCI Multifactor EAFE Index

ETF (CAD-Hedged) XFF 0.91832

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iShares Core MSCI EAFE IMI Index ETF (CAD-

Hedged) XFH 0.48403

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iShares Edge MSCI Multifactor EAFE Index

ETF XFI 0.00000

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iShares S&P/TSX Capped Financials Index

ETF XFN 0.00000

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iShares Floating Rate Index ETF XFR 0.00000

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iShares Edge MSCI Multifactor USA Index

ETF XFS 0.38340

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iShares Canadian Government Bond Index ETF XGB 0.07247

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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 0.36749

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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 0.00000

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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(R) 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 0.00000

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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 Edge MSCI Min Vol EAFE Index ETF XMI 0.03568

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iShares Edge MSCI Min Vol EAFE Index ETF

(CAD-Hedged) XML 0.46403

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iShares Edge MSCI Min Vol Emerging Markets

Index ETF XMM 0.05631

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iShares Edge MSCI Min Vol USA Index ETF

(CAD-Hedged) XMS 0.00000

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iShares Edge MSCI Min Vol USA Index ETF XMU 0.81949

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iShares Edge MSCI Min Vol Canada Index ETF XMV 0.00000

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iShares Edge MSCI Min Vol Global Index ETF XMW 0.08653

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iShares Edge MSCI Min Vol Global Index ETF

(CAD-Hedged) XMY 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 0.01056

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XQB.A 0.01069

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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 XRB 0.30067(i)

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iShares S&P/TSX Capped REIT Index ETF XRE 0.00000

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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 0.02586

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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 0.99728

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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 0.00000

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iShares S&P/TSX Capped Utilities Index ETF XUT 0.25416

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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 0.00000

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(i)For iShares Canadian Real Return Bond Index ETF (XRB) only, the

distribution amount includes an income component.

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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(R) (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(R). 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(R) 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(R) 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.

Contact Information:

Contact for Media:

Maeve Hannigan

416-643-4058

Maeve.Hannigan@blackrock.com

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