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Confirmed 2016 Annual Special Distributions For First Asset ETFs

TORONTO, December 30, 2016 - First Asset Investment Management Inc. ("First Asset") announces the confirmed amounts of the annual special year-end distributions (the "Special Distributions") for the 2016 tax year for its First Asset exchange traded funds ("First Asset ETFs"), as set out in the table below.

Each of the First Asset ETFs is required to distribute any net income and capital gains that it has earned in the year. The Special Distributions will generally consist of capital gains and/or any excess net income at year end. The Special Distributions will not be paid in cash, but will be reinvested and the resulting units immediately consolidated so that the number of units held by each investor will not change. Investors holding their units outside registered plans will have taxable amounts to report and an increase in the adjusted cost base of their investment. In all cases, the Special Distributions will be paid on or about December 30, 2016 to unitholders of record on December 29, 2016. The ex-dividend date in each case is December 23, 2016.

These confirmed amounts are for the Special Distributions only and do not include the ongoing regular monthly or quarterly cash distribution amounts which were announced on December 16, 2016, in a separate press release. These confirmed Special Distribution amounts replace the previous estimates announced on December 9, 2016.

The actual taxable amounts of all 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.

Fund Name TSX Trading Symbol Confirmed Special Distributions per Fund Unit as at December 30, 2016
First Asset Morningstar National Bank QuÉbec Index ETF QXM $0.6288
QXM.A $0.6404
First Asset Morningstar US Value Index ETF XXM $0.0638
XXM.A $0.0474
XXM.B $0.1447
XXM.D $0.0420
First Asset Morningstar US Dividend Target 50 Index ETF UXM $0.1413
UXM.A $0.1347
UXM.B $0.8471
UXM.D $0.6728
First Asset Morningstar International Value Index ETF VXM $0.2300
VXM.A $0.3300
VXM.B $0.2919
VXM.D $0.2700
First Asset Morningstar International Momentum Index ETF ZXM $0.0703
ZXM.A $0.0160
ZXM.B $0.1232
ZXM.D $0.0424
First Asset MSCI USA Low Risk Weighted ETF RWU $0.1295
RWU.A $0.1400
RWU.B $0.1100
RWU.D $0.1416
First Asset MSCI Europe Low Risk Weighted ETF RWE $1.0878
RWE.A $0.1289
RWE.B $0.1952
RWE.D $0.1180
First Asset Canadian REIT ETF RIT $0.1927
RIT.A $0.3550
First Asset Tech Giants Covered Call ETF TXF $0.1479
TXF.A $0.7513
First Asset Core U.S. Equity ETF CES $0.1609
CES.A $0.2234
CES.B $0.2052
CES.D $0.2340
CES.U $0.2716 USD
CES.V $0.1970 USD
First Asset Cambridge Core U.S. Equity ETF FCY $0.3744
FCY.B $0.3076
First Asset Long Duration Fixed Income ETF FLB $0.3215
First Asset U.S. Tactical Sector Allocation Index ETF FUT $0.0594
First Asset MSCI World Low Risk Weighted ETF RWW $0.00
RWW.A $0.00
RWW.B $0.0000
RWW.D $0.00
First Asset Can-Energy Covered Call ETF OXF $0.00
OXF.A $0.00
First Asset Can-Materials Covered Call ETF MXF $0.00
MXF $0.00
First Asset Canadian Convertible Bond ETF CXF $0.00
CXF.A $0.00
First Asset Energy Giants Covered Call ETF NXF $0.00
NXF.A $0.00
NXF.B $0.00
NXF.D $0.00
First Asset Morningstar Canada Dividend Target 30 Index ETF DXM $0.00
DXM.A $0.00
First Asset Morningstar Canada Momentum Index ETF WXM $0.00
WXM.A $0.00
First Asset Morningstar Canada Value Index ETF FXM $0.00
FXM $0.00
First Asset Morningstar US Momentum Index ETF YXM $0.00
YXM.A $0.00
YXM.B $0.00
YXM.D $0.00
First Asset MSCI Canada Low Risk Weighted ETF RWC $0.00
RWC.A $0.00
First Asset Provincial Bond Index ETF PXF $0.00
PXF.A $0.00
First Asset 1-5 Year Laddered Government Strip Bond Index ETF BXF $0.00
BXF.A $0.00
First Asset Active Canadian Dividend ETF FDV $0.00
FDV.A $0.00
First Asset U.S. & Canada Lifeco Income ETF FLI $0.00
FLI.A $0.00
First Asset Active Utility & Infrastructure ETF FAI $0.00
FAI.A $0.00
First Asset European Bank ETF FHB $0.00
FHB.A $0.00
First Asset Active Credit ETF FAO $0.00
FAO.A $0.00
FAO.U $0.00
FAO.V $0.00
First Asset Core Canadian Equity ETF CED $0.00
CED.A $0.00
First Asset Core Balanced ETF CBB $0.00
CBB.A $0.00
First Asset Global Financial Sector ETF FSF $0.00
First Asset Preferred Share ETF FPR $0.00
First Asset Investment Grade Bond ETF FIG $0.00
First Asset Cambridge Core Canadian Equity ETF FCE $0.00
First Asset Canadian Buyback Index ETF FBE $0.00
First Asset U.S. Buyback Index ETF FBU $0.00
First Asset U.S. Equity Multi-Factor Index ETF FUM $0.00
First Asset Canadian Dividend Low Volatility Index ETF FDL $0.00
First Asset CanBanc Income Class ETF CIC $0.00
First Asset Core Canadian Equity Income ETF CSY $0.00
First Asset Short Term Government Bond Index Class ETF FGB $0.00
First Asset MSCI Canada Quality Index Class ETF FQC $0.00
First Asset Global Value Class ETF FGU $0.00
First Asset Global Value (CAD Hedged) Class ETF FGV $0.00
First Asset Global Momentum Class ETF FGL $0.00
First Asset Global Momentum (CAD hedged) Class ETF FGM $0.00
Note 1 - The Corporate Class ETFs have a tax year end of December 31, but none of the Corporate Class ETFs anticipate a special distribution for 2016.

First Asset provides estimated distributions for information purposes only. These estimates are not intended to be, nor should they be construed to be, legal or tax advice to any particular person.

Forward-looking Information
This press release contains forward-looking statements with respect to the estimated Special Distributions for the First Asset ETFs. By their nature, these forward-looking statements involve certain risks and uncertainties that could cause the actual distributions to differ materially from those contemplated by the forward-looking statements. Material factors that could cause the actual Special Distributions to differ from the estimated Special Distributions between now and the First Asset ETFs' tax year-ends include, without limitation: the actual amounts of distributions received by the First Asset ETFs; the actual amount of capital gains generated from sales of securities; and subscription and redemption activity in the First Asset ETFs.

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