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BlackRock® Canada Announces January Cash Distributions for the iShares® ETFs

TORONTO, ONTARIO -- (Marketwired) -- 01/13/17 -- (TSX:CBD) (TSX:CBD.A) (TSX:CBH) (TSX:CBH.A) (TSX:CBN) (TSX:CBN.A) (TSX:CBO) (TSX:CBO.A) (TSX:CDZ) (TSX:CDZ.A) (TSX:CEW) (TSX:CEW.A) (TSX:CHB) (TSX:CHB.A) (TSX:CLF) (TSX:CLF.A) (TSX:CLG) (TSX:CLG.A) (TSX:CMR) (TSX:CMR.A) (TSX:CPD) (TSX:CPD.A) (TSX:CSD) (TSX:CSD.A) (TSX:CUD) (TSX:CUD.A) (TSX:CVD) (TSX:CVD.A) (TSX:CYH) (TSX:CYH.A) (TSX:FIE) (TSX:FIE.A) (TSX:XBB) (TSX:XCB) (TSX:XDV) (TSX:XEB) (TSX:XEI) (TSX:XFN) (TSX:XFR) (TSX:XGB) (TSX:XHB) (TSX:XHD) (TSX:XHU) (TSX:XHY) (TSX:XIG) (TSX:XLB) (TSX:XPF) (TSX:XQB) (TSX:XQB.A) (TSX:XRE) (TSX:XSB) (TSX:XSC) (TSX:XSE) (TSX:XSH) (TSX:XSI) (TSX:XSQ) (TSX:XTR) (TSX:XUT)

BlackRock Asset Management Canada Limited ("BlackRock Canada"), an indirect, wholly-owned subsidiary of BlackRock, Inc. (NYSE:BLK), today announced the January 2017 cash distributions for the iShares ETFs listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange. Unitholders of record of a fund on January 26, 2017 will receive cash distributions payable in respect of that fund on January 31, 2017.

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


                                                                            
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                                                                    Cash    
 Fund Name                                                Fund  Distribution
                                                         Ticker Per Unit ($)
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 iShares Balanced Income CorePortfolio(TM) Index ETF     CBD       0.05751  
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                                                         CBD.A     0.03857  
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 iShares 1-10 Year Laddered Corporate Bond Index ETF     CBH       0.06178  
                                                        --------------------
                                                         CBH.A     0.05249  
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 iShares Balanced Growth CorePortfolio(TM) Index ETF     CBN       0.03589  
                                                        --------------------
                                                         CBN.A     0.01899  
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 iShares 1-5 Year Laddered Corporate Bond Index ETF      CBO       0.04535  
                                                        --------------------
                                                         CBO.A     0.03651  
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 iShares S&P®/TSX® Canadian Dividend Aristocrats                        
  Index ETF                                              CDZ       0.08861  
                                                        --------------------
                                                         CDZ.A     0.07191  
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 iShares Equal Weight Banc & Lifeco ETF                  CEW       0.02700  
                                                        --------------------
                                                         CEW.A     0.03250  
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 iShares U.S. High Yield Fixed Income Index ETF (CAD-                       
  Hedged)                                                CHB       0.09232  
                                                        --------------------
                                                         CHB.A     0.08312  
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 iShares 1-5 Year Laddered Government Bond Index ETF     CLF       0.04567  
                                                        --------------------
                                                         CLF.A     0.03679  
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 iShares 1-10 Year Laddered Government Bond Index ETF    CLG       0.04993  
                                                        --------------------
                                                         CLG.A     0.04076  
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 iShares S&P/TSX Canadian Preferred Share Index ETF      CPD       0.05122  
                                                        --------------------
                                                         CPD.A     0.04795  
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 iShares Short Duration High Income ETF (CAD-Hedged)     CSD       0.07536  
                                                        --------------------
                                                         CSD.A     0.06640  
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 iShares US Dividend Growers Index ETF (CAD-Hedged)      CUD       0.05900  
                                                        --------------------
                                                         CUD.A     0.03900  
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 iShares Convertible Bond Index ETF                      CVD       0.07460  
                                                        --------------------
                                                         CVD.A     0.06495  
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 iShares Global Monthly Dividend Index ETF (CAD-Hedged)  CYH       0.05481  
                                                        --------------------
                                                         CYH.A     0.04370  
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 iShares Canadian Financial Monthly Income ETF           FIE       0.04000  
                                                        --------------------
                                                         FIE.A     0.04000  
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 iShares Canadian Universe Bond Index ETF                XBB       0.07044  
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 iShares Canadian Corporate Bond Index ETF               XCB       0.05469  
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 iShares Canadian Select Dividend Index ETF              XDV       0.07463  
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 iShares J.P. Morgan USD Emerging Markets Bond Index ETF                    
  (CAD-Hedged)                                           XEB       0.07004  
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 iShares Core S&P/TSX Composite High Dividend Index ETF  XEI       0.07528  
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 iShares S&P/TSX Capped Financials Index ETF             XFN       0.08276  
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 iShares Floating Rate Index ETF                         XFR       0.01370  
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 iShares Canadian Government Bond Index ETF              XGB       0.04391  
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 iShares Canadian HYBrid Corporate Bond Index ETF        XHB       0.07219  
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 iShares U.S. High Dividend Equity Index ETF (CAD-                          
  Hedged)                                                XHD       0.06215  
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 iShares U.S. High Dividend Equity Index ETF             XHU       0.04995  
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 iShares U.S. High Yield Bond Index ETF (CAD-Hedged)     XHY       0.09144  
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 iShares U.S. IG Corporate Bond Index ETF (CAD-Hedged)   XIG       0.06100  
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 iShares Core Canadian Long Term Bond Index ETF          XLB       0.07069  
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 iShares S&P/TSX North American Preferred Stock Index                       
  ETF (CAD-Hedged)                                       XPF       0.07043  
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 iShares Core High Quality Canadian Bond Index ETF       XQB       0.04406  
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                                                         XQB.A     0.03440  
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 iShares S&P/TSX Capped REIT Index ETF                   XRE       0.06533  
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 iShares Canadian Short Term Bond Index ETF              XSB       0.05318  
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 iShares Conservative Short Term Strategic Fixed Income                     
  ETF                                                    XSC       0.04613  
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 iShares Conservative Strategic Fixed Income ETF         XSE       0.06098  
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 iShares Core Canadian Short Term Corporate + Maple Bond                    
  Index ETF                                              XSH       0.04840  
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 iShares Short Term Strategic Fixed Income ETF           XSI       0.04883  
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 iShares Core Short Term High Quality Canadian Bond                         
  Index ETF                                              XSQ       0.03442  
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 iShares Diversified Monthly Income ETF                  XTR       0.05000  
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 iShares S&P/TSX Capped Utilities Index ETF              XUT       0.06706  
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Estimated December Cash Distributions for the iShares Premium Money Market ETF

The December cash distributions per unit for the iShares Premium Money Market ETF are estimated to be as follows:


                                                                            
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                                                                  Estimated 
                                                          Fund      Cash    
                                                         Ticker Distribution
 Fund Name                                                      Per Unit ($)
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 iShares Premium Money Market ETF                        CMR       0.01588  
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                                                         CMR.A     0.00495  
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BlackRock Canada expects to issue a press release on or about January 25, 2017, which will provide the final amounts for the iShares Premium Money Market ETF.

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.

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