Securities Law & Instruments

Headnote

Certain mutual funds designated as exchange-traded funds for the purposes of OSC Rule 48-501.

Rules Cited

Ontario Securities Commission Rule 48-501 Trading During Distributions, Formal Bids and Share Exchange Transactions, s. 1.1.

IN THE MATTER OF ONTARIO SECURITIES COMMISSION RULE 48-501 -- TRADING DURING DISTRIBUTIONS, FORMAL BIDS AND SHARE EXCHANGE TRANSACTIONS (Rule) AND IN THE MATTER OF iShares FactorSelectTM MSCI Canada Index ETF ("XFC"), iShares FactorSelectTM MSCI EAFE Index ETF ("XFI"), iShares FactorSelectTM MSCI EAFE Index ETF (CAD-Hedged) ("XFF"), iShares FactorSelectTM MSCI USA Index ETF ("XFU"), iShares FactorSelectTM MSCI USA Index ETF (CAD-Hedged) ("XFA") (and collectively, the Funds)

DESIGNATION ORDER (Section 1.1)

WHEREAS each of the Funds is or will be listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange;

AND WHEREAS under the Universal Market Integrity Rules (UMIR), each of the Funds is an Exempt Exchange-traded Fund that is not subject to prohibitions related to trading during certain securities transactions;

AND WHEREAS the definition of "exchange-traded fund" in the Rule is substantially similar to the definition of Exempt Exchange-traded Fund in UMIR;

AND WHEREAS the purpose of the Rule and UMIR are substantially similar;

AND WHEREAS each of the Funds would be subject to prohibitions relating to trading during certain securities transactions under the Rule if it is not designated by the Director;

THE DIRECTOR HEREBY DESIGNATES each of the Funds as an exchange-traded fund for the purposes of the Rule.

Dated August 20, 2015

"Tracey Stern"
Manager, Market Regulation