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December 4, 2020

CI Global Asset Management provides update on proposed fixed administration fees

TORONTO (December 4, 2020) – CI Global Asset Management (“CI GAM”) today provided an update on its proposal (the “Proposal”) to implement fixed administration fees for each series of 19 CI GAM exchange-traded funds (the “ETFs”).

Under the Proposal, first announced on September 25, 2020, fixed administration fees will replace the current variable operating expenses being charged to the ETFs effective on or before January 1, 2021. It is expected that investors will realize several benefits with the change to a fixed administration fee structure, including greater predictability and transparency of the management expense ratio (“MER”) for each ETF, as well as protection from potential increases in future operating expenses.

Once the Proposal is implemented, CI Investments Inc., as manager of the ETFs, will be responsible for the operating expenses of each ETF, other than certain expenses (“Certain Expenses”), in exchange for the payment by the ETF of a fixed administration fee. The MER of each series of an ETF will consist of the management fee, the fixed administration fee, Certain Expenses and applicable taxes.

The approval of securityholders of an ETF is required to implement the Proposal for a particular ETF. At the special meetings of the ETFs held on December 3, 2020, securityholders of the following ETFs approved the respective Proposal.

Fund nameTicker(s)Fund nameTicker(s)
CI First Asset Active Canadian Dividend ETFFDVCI First Asset Global Financial Sector ETFFSF
CI First Asset Active Credit ETFFAO, FAO.UCI First Asset Investment Grade Bond ETFFIG, FIG.U
CI First Asset Active Utility & Infrastructure ETFFAICI First Asset Long Duration Fixed Income ETFFLB
CI First Asset Canadian Buyback Index ETFFBECI First Asset Preferred Share ETFFPR
CI First Asset Canadian REIT ETFRITCI First Asset Short Term Government Bond Index Class ETFFGB
CI First Asset Enhanced Government Bond ETFFGO, FGO.UCI First Asset U.S. & Canada Lifeco Income ETFFLI
CI First Asset Enhanced Short Duration Bond Fund*FSB, FSB.UCI First Asset U.S. Buyback Index ETFFBU
CI First Asset European Bank ETFFHBCI First Asset U.S. TrendLeaders Index ETFSID

*Formerly CI First Asset Enhanced Short Duration Bond ETF

Meetings of securityholders of the following ETFs have been adjourned to December 10, 2020:

Fund nameTicker(s)
CI First Asset CanBanc Income Class ETFCIC
CI First Asset Core Canadian Equity Income Class ETFCSY
CI First Asset MSCI Canada Quality Index Class ETFFQC

More information about CI GAM’s ETF lineup is available at

About CI Global Asset Management


CI Global Asset Management is one of Canada’s largest investment management companies. It offers a wide range of investment products and services and is on the Web at CI GAM is a subsidiary of CI Financial Corp. (TSX: CIX, NYSE: CIXX), an independent company offering global asset management and wealth management advisory services with approximately $202 billion in total assets as at October 31, 2020.


Commissions, trailing commissions, management fees and expenses all may be associated with an investment in mutual funds and exchange-traded funds (ETFs). Please read the prospectus before investing. Important information about mutual funds and ETFs is contained in their respective prospectus. Mutual funds and ETFs are not guaranteed; their values change frequently and past performance may not be repeated. You will usually pay brokerage fees to your dealer if you purchase or sell units of an ETF on recognized Canadian exchanges. If the units are purchased or sold on these Canadian exchanges, investors may pay more than the current net asset value when buying units of the ETF and may receive less than the current net asset value when selling them.


This communication is provided as a general source of information and should not be considered personal, legal, accounting, tax or investment advice, or construed as an endorsement or recommendation of any entity or security discussed. Individuals should seek the advice of professionals, as appropriate, regarding any particular investment. Investors should consult their professional advisors prior to implementing any changes to their investment strategies.


CI Global Asset Management is a registered business name of CI Investments Inc.


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For further information:

Murray Oxby
Vice-President, Corporate Communications
CI Global Asset Management