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Estimated 2017 Annual Special Distributions For First Asset ETFs

TORONTO, December 8, 2017 - First Asset Investment Management Inc. ("First Asset") announces the estimated annual special year-end distributions (the "Special Distributions") for the 2017 tax year for the First Asset ETFs listed below. Please note that these are estimated amounts as of November 30, 2017 and include certain forward-looking information which may cause the estimated Special Distributions to change before the First Asset ETFs' tax year-end on December 15, 2017. These estimated amounts are for the Special Distributions only and do not include the ongoing, regular monthly or quarterly cash distribution amounts which are expected to be announced in a separate press release on or before December 15, 2017.

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 29, 2017 to unitholders of record on December 28, 2017. The ex-dividend date in each case is December 27, 2017.

First Asset expects to announce the final, confirmed Special Distribution amounts (subject to any further revisions to per unit amounts resulting from subscription and redemption activity prior to the record date) on or about December 29, 2017. The actual taxable amounts of all distributions for 2017, including the tax characteristics of the distributions, will be reported to brokers (through CDS Clearing and Depository Services Inc. or "CDS") and will be posted on the First Asset website in early 2018.

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.

Fund Name TSX Trading Symbol Estimated Special Distributions
per Fund Unit
as at November 30, 2017
First Asset Morningstar Canada Value Index ETF FXM $0.0600
First Asset Morningstar US Value Index ETF XXM $0.9100
XXM.B $0.3000
First Asset Morningstar US Dividend Target 50 Index ETF UXM $1.0400
UXM.B $0.5800
First Asset Morningstar International Value Index ETF VXM $0.5000
VXM.B $0.9700
First Asset Morningstar Canada Momentum Index ETF WXM $0.0200
First Asset Morningstar International Momentum Index ETF ZXM $0.0000
ZXM.B $0.1100
First Asset Morningstar US Momentum Index ETF YXM $0.0300
YXM.B $0.0400
First Asset Morningstar National Bank Québec Index ETF QXM $0.3700
First Asset Core U.S. Equity ETF CES $1.1600
CES.B $0.2800
CES.U $0.4700
First Asset MSCI Canada Low Risk Weighted ETF RWC $0.0100
First Asset MSCI USA Low Risk Weighted ETF RWU $0.0200
RWU.B $0.2300
First Asset MSCI Europe Low Risk Weighted ETF RWE $0.5500
RWE.B $0.1000
First Asset MSCI World Low Risk Weighted ETF RWW $0.9100
RWW.B $0.2700
First Asset Tech Giants Covered Call ETF TXF $1.5600
TXF.B $0.2600
First Asset Cambridge Core U.S. Equity ETF FCY $0.4400
FCY.B $1.0400
First Asset Preferred Share ETF FPR $0.3900
First Asset Canadian Buyback Index ETF FBE $0.2300
First Asset U.S. Buyback Index ETF FBU $0.1300
First Asset U.S. Equity Multi-Factor Index ETF FUM $1.9200
First Asset Canadian Dividend Low Volatility Index ETF FDL $0.2600
First Asset U.S. Tactical Sector Allocation Index ETF FUT $0.2900
First Asset U.S. & Canada Lifeco Income ETF FLI $0.6100
First Asset U.S. Trendleaders Index ETF SID $0.0400
First Asset Cambridge Global Dividend ETF FCW $0.1500
FCW.B $0.1400
ETFS listed below are not currently anticipating any special distributions:
First Asset Canadian Convertible Bond ETF CXF $0.00
First Asset Can-Energy Covered Call ETF OXF $0.00
First Asset Can-Materials Covered Call ETF MXF $0.00
First Asset Energy Giants Covered Call ETF NXF $0.00
NXF.B $0.00
First Asset Morningstar Canada Dividend Target 30 Index ETF DXM $0.00
First Asset MSCI International Low Risk Weighted ETF RWX $0.00
RWX.B $0.00
First Asset 1-5 Year Laddered Government Strip Bond Index ETF BXF $0.00
First Asset Canadian REIT ETF RIT $0.00
First Asset Long Duration Fixed Income ETF FLB $0.00
First Asset Active Canadian Dividend ETF FDV $0.00
First Asset Active Utility & Infrastructure ETF FAI $0.00
First Asset Active Credit ETF FAO $0.00
FAO.U $0.00
First Asset Core Canadian Equity ETF CED $0.00
First Asset European Bank ETF FHB $0.00
First Asset Investment Grade Bond ETF FIG $0.00
FIG.U $0.00
First Asset Global Financial Sector ETF FSF $0.00
First Asset Enhanced Short Duration Bond ETF FSB $0.00
FSB.U $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
Note 1 - The Corporate Class ETFs have a tax year end of December 31, but none of the Corporate Class ETFs currently anticipate a special distribution for 2017.

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.

For further information, please contact Investor Relations, First Asset at 416-642-1289 or 1-877-642-1289 or visit

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