BlackRock(R) Canada Announces Estimated Annual Reinvested Capital Gains 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) (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: 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 annual reinvested capital gains distributions for the iShares ETFs listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange for the 2016 tax year. Please note that these are estimated amounts only as of December 16, 2016 and could change if the iShares Funds experience subscriptions or redemptions prior to the ex-dividend date.

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

BlackRock Canada expects to announce the final annual reinvested distribution amounts, as well as the monthly, quarterly, semi-annual, and annual cash distribution amounts, as applicable, for 2016, on or about December 23, 2016, for all funds except the iShares Premium Money Market ETF, for which a press release will be issued on or about December 29, 2016. 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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                                                            Estimated Annual
                                                          Reinvested Capital
                                                          Gains Distribution
                                                             Per Unit ($) at
Fund Name                                      Fund Ticker      Dec 16, 2016
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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           0.16609
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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           0.22832
                                              ------------------------------
                                                     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           1.56166
                                              ------------------------------
                                                     CLU.A           2.82120
                                              ------------------------------
                                                     CLU.B           4.13096
                                              ------------------------------
                                                     CLU.C           0.00000
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iShares Premium Money Market ETF                       CMR           0.00000
                                              ------------------------------
                                                     CMR.A           0.00000
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iShares Global Agriculture Index ETF                   COW           0.78139
                                              ------------------------------
                                                     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           0.02328
                                              ------------------------------
                                                     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           0.01334
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iShares Canadian Universe Bond Index ETF               XBB           0.03397
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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           0.03156
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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           0.11073
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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           0.27349
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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           0.78713
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iShares Core MSCI EAFE IMI Index ETF (CAD-
 Hedged)                                               XFH           0.48455
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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           0.36974
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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           0.03618
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iShares Edge MSCI Min Vol EAFE Index ETF (CAD-
 Hedged)                                               XML           0.48845
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iShares Edge MSCI Min Vol Emerging Markets
 Index ETF                                             XMM           0.05994
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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           0.09141
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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           0.01073
                                              ------------------------------
                                                     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           0.02751
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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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