RBC iShares Expands its Sustainable ETF Platform and Fixed Income Lineup with the Addition of Four ETFs

Toronto, August 12, 2021 – Today, RBC iShares expanded its exchange traded fund (“ETF”) lineup with the launch of four new fixed income ETFs (collectively the “iShares ETFs”), including two sustainable fixed income ETFs. All four iShares ETFs are expected to begin trading on the Toronto Stock Exchange (the “TSX”) today.

The new iShares ETFs will be managed by BlackRock Asset Management Canada Limited (“BlackRock Canada”), an indirect wholly-owned subsidiary of BlackRock, Inc. All iShares ETFs offer one class of Canadian dollar denominated units (“CAD Units”) and the iShares U.S. Aggregate Bond Index ETF also offers one class of U.S. dollar denominated units (“USD Units”)

New Sustainable Corporate Bond ETFs

The new sustainable fixed income ETFs build on upon the success of RBC iShares’ existing ESG Advanced suite, and expand sustainable coverage into corporate bonds. The iShares ESG Advanced 1-5 Year Canadian Corporate Bond Index ETF and iShares ESG Advanced Canadian Corporate Bond Index ETF provide exposure to the Canadian dollar investment grade corporate bond market, and currently seek to track indices that are designed to provide efficient exposure to companies demonstrating more sustainable business practices relative to their industry peers, while also excluding issuers from industries with elevated sustainability-related risks. These ETFs can be used as sustainable fixed income building blocks for the core of a portfolio.

 Fund Name CAD Units   Ticker USD Units   Ticker Annual Management   Fee
 iShares ESG Advanced 1-5 Year Canadian   Corporate Bond Index ETF XSHG N/A 0.15%
 iShares ESG Advanced Canadian Corporate   Bond Index ETF XCBG N/A 0.15%

Sustainable investing continues to gain importance, as investors and advisors seek to assemble portfolios built for the long-term, and account for potential sustainability related risks in their portfolio. As awareness increases, a growing number of Canadian investors and advisors are reallocating assets into this category.

Steven Leong, Head of iShares Product, BlackRock Canada:

“Through the launch of these new ETFs, RBC iShares continues to deliver the broadest range of sustainable ETFs in Canada, to support portfolio construction among Canadian investors and meet the growing demand for sustainable strategies. With both low interest rates and sustainability top of mind among investors and advisors, these new ETFs provide additional tools to construct sustainable portfolios, offering exposure to ESG-oriented portfolios of Canadian corporate bonds.”

New U.S. Aggregate Bond ETFs

The iShares U.S. Aggregate Bond Index ETF and iShares U.S. Aggregate Bond Index ETF (CAD-Hedged) provide exposure to the U.S. dollar-denominated investment grade corporate bond market. Combined with the existing comprehensive suite of U.S. fixed income exposures offered by RBC iShares, these new ETFs provide efficient access to the deepest and most liquid bond market in the world.

 Fund Name CAD Units   Ticker USD Units   Ticker Annual Management   Fee
 iShares U.S. Aggregate Bond Index ETF XAGG XAGG.U 0.18%
 iShares U.S. Aggregate Bond Index ETF XAGH N/A 0.18%

The addition of the iShares ETFs further broadens RBC iShares’ breadth of cost-competitive Canadian and U.S. fixed income exposures, by providing advisors and investors with the ability to invest in currency hedged, non-hedged, and U.S. dollar denominated units. RBC iShares aims to help clients achieve their investing goals by empowering them to pursue better ways to invest and take control of their financial futures. RBC iShares is committed to delivering a truly differentiated ETF experience and positive outcomes for Canadian investors and advisors.

Purchases and sales of CAD Units and USD Units on the TSX, and payment of cash distributions, subscriptions, exchange proceeds and redemption proceeds, will generally be made in Canadian dollars and U.S. dollars, respectively.

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About iShares

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For more information, please contact:
Grace Christus, BlackRock Communications, 1 646 231 8710

Published on September 1, 2021

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