XIC vs VCN: Deciding Which ETF to Buy

The main difference between XIC and VCN is that XIC largely replicates the performance of the S&P/TSX Capped Composite Index while VCN seeks to replicate the performance of the FTSE Canada All Cap Domestic Index.


The iShares Core S&P/TSX Capped Composite Index ETF (XIC) was launched in February 2001 and replicates the performance of the largest Canadian stock index, i.e., the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX).

Advertised as a long-term core holding, XIC offers exposure to a significant portion of Canadian equity markets within a single security.

XIC is ideal for young and middle-aged investors with a longer time horizon for goals such as retirement and a bullish view of the Canadian economy.

With financial institutions comprising of nearly 30% of the overall exposure, XIC is also beneficial for investors seeking a balance of capital gains growth with strong, reliable dividend yields.

As of February 29, 2024, the ETF had $11.02 billion in assets under management.

Since its inception, the XIC ETF has delivered 6.94% annualized returns with a 3-year return of 8.95%.

  • Ability to purchase XIC and VCN in Canada
  • Low commissions
  • Trusted trading platform for Canadians


The Vanguard FTSE Canada All-Cap Index ETF measures and tracks returns of large-cap, mid-cap and small-cap stocks that are publicly traded in the Canadian market.

Similar to its XIC counterpart, the ETF’s sector exposure is largely weighted towards financials, energy, materials, and industrials.

However the percentages look slightly different as the VCN ETF covers a broader range of equities than the TSX-focused XIC.

As of February 29, 2024, VCN had $6.57 billion in assets under management and delivered 8.14% annualized returns since inception with a 5-year return of 9.29%.

Performance: XIC vs. VCN

XIC Annualized Performance (as of February 29, 2024):

  • 3-Year: 8.95%
  • 5-Year: 9.28%
  • 10-Year: 7.35%
  • Since inception: 6.94%

VCN Annualized Performance (February 29, 2024):

  • 3-Year: 9.34%
  • 5-Year: 9.29
  • 10-Year: 7.16%
  • Since inception: 8.14%



XIC offers a Management Expense Ratio (MER) of 0.06% which is largely comprised of its 0.05% management fee. 

VCN offers a Management Expense Ratio (MER) and management fee of 0.05%.


Below are the top holdings within both XIC and VCN:


  • Royal Bank of Canada (6.03%)
  • Toronto Dominion (4.57%)
  • Shopify (4.10%)
  • Canadian Pacific (3.59%)
  • Canadian Natural Resources Ltd. (3.43%)
  • Canadian National Railway (3.28%)
  • Enbridge Inc. (3.25%)
  • Bank of Montreal (2.99%)
  • Bank of Nova Scotia (2.63%)
  • Brookfield (2.58%)

As of March 22, 2024



  • Royal Bank of Canada (6.3%)
  • Toronto-Dominion Bank (5.05%)
  • Shopify Inc. (4.08%)
  • Canadian Pacific. (3.65%)
  • Canadian National Railway Co. (3.49%)
  • Canadian Natural Resources Ltd. (3.44%)
  • Enbridge Inc. (3.36%)
  • Bank of Montreal (3.02%)
  • Brookfield (2.87%)
  • Bank of Nova Scotia (2.7%)

As of February 29, 2024

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