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Confirmed 2017 Annual Special Distributions For First Asset ETFs

TORONTO, December 29, 2017 - First Asset Investment Management Inc. ("First Asset") announces the confirmed amounts of the annual, special, year-end distributions (the "Special Distributions") for the 2017 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 29, 2017, to unitholders of record on December 28, 2017. The ex-dividend date in each case is December 27, 2017.

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 15, 2017, in a separate press release. These confirmed Special Distribution amounts replace the previous estimates announced on December 8, 2017.

The actual taxable amounts of all distributions for the First Asset ETFs for 2017, including the tax characteristics of the distributions, will be reported to brokers (through CDS Clearing and Depository Services Inc. or "CDS") in early 2018.

Fund Name TSX Trading Symbol Confirmed Special Distributions
per Fund Unit
First Asset Morningstar Canada Value Index ETF FXM $0.0500
First Asset Morningstar US Value Index ETF XXM $1.3300
XXM.B $0.7900
First Asset Morningstar US Dividend Target 50 Index ETF UXM $0.9300
UXM.B $0.5000
First Asset Morningstar International Value Index ETF VXM $0.5600
VXM.B $1.0500
First Asset Morningstar Canada Momentum Index ETF WXM $0.0100
First Asset Morningstar International Momentum Index ETF ZXM $0.0400
ZXM.B $0.1000
First Asset Morningstar US Momentum Index ETF YXM $0.3700
YXM.B $0.0900
First Asset Morningstar National Bank Québec Index ETF QXM $0.3600
First Asset Core U.S. Equity ETF CES $1.5800
CES.B $0.7400
CES.U $0.2000
First Asset MSCI USA Low Risk Weighted ETF RWU $0.0000
RWU.B $0.2200
First Asset MSCI Europe Low Risk Weighted ETF RWE $0.3900
RWE.B $0.0700
First Asset MSCI World Low Risk Weighted ETF RWW $1.1000
RWW.B $0.4700
First Asset MSCI International Low Risk Weighted ETF RWx $0.0010
RWx.B $0.0000
First Asset Tech Giants Covered Call ETF TXF $1.6300
TXF.B $0.2700
First Asset Cambridge Core U.S. Equity ETF FCY $0.6800
FCY.B $1.0500
First Asset Preferred Share ETF FPR $0.2100
First Asset Canadian Buyback Index ETF FBE $0.0900
First Asset U.S. Buyback Index ETF FBU $0.0800
First Asset U.S. Equity Multi-Factor Index ETF FUM $1.8200
First Asset Canadian Dividend Low Volatility Index ETF FDL $0.0400
First Asset U.S. Tactical Sector Allocation Index ETF FUT $1.1300
First Asset U.S. & Canada Lifeco Income ETF FLI $0.4500
ETFS listed below are not currently anticipating any special distributions:
First Asset Cambridge Global Dividend ETF FCW $0.00
FCW.B $0.00
First Asset U.S. Trendleaders Index ETF SID $0.00
First Asset MSCI Canada Low Risk Weighted ETF RWC $0.00
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 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
CORPORATE CLASS ETFs
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

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

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