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

TORONTO, ONTARIO -- (Marketwired) -- 12/23/16 -- (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 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™
 Index ETF                                         CBD               0.00000
                                            --------------------------------
                                                 CBD.A               0.08873
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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               0.00000
                                            --------------------------------
                                                 CBN.A               0.17062
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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               0.00000
                                            --------------------------------
                                                 CDZ.A               0.00000
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iShares Equal Weight Banc & Lifeco ETF             CEW               0.21892
                                            --------------------------------
                                                 CEW.A               0.00000
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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               0.46675
                                            --------------------------------
                                                 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               0.31619
                                            --------------------------------
                                                 CIE.A               0.00000
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iShares Global Infrastructure Index ETF            CIF               0.00000
                                            --------------------------------
                                                 CIF.A               0.00000
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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               1.59170
                                            --------------------------------
                                                 CLU.A               2.82120
                                            --------------------------------
                                                 CLU.B               4.13096
                                            --------------------------------
                                                 CLU.C               0.00000
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iShares Global Agriculture Index ETF               COW               0.78750
                                            --------------------------------
                                                 COW.A               0.69721
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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               0.02311
                                            --------------------------------
                                                 CRQ.A               0.00000
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iShares 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               1.62222
                                            --------------------------------
                                                 CUD.A               0.72726
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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               0.01315
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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® 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
                                            --------------------------------
                                                 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.

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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