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Industrial Alliance Announces a Private Placement of 6 Million Common Shares

Quebec City,

News Release

Industrial Alliance Insurance and Financial Services Inc. ("Industrial Alliance" or "the Company") announces that it has concluded a private placement with the Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec for the purchase of 6,000,000 common shares ("common shares") of Industrial Alliance at a price of $33.31 per common share, for gross proceeds of $199.9 million. The net proceeds, after financing fees of 3.75%, amount to $192.4 million.

The private placement is expected to close on September 15, 2011, subject to the necessary regulatory approvals and other conditions. The proceeds will be added to the Company’s capital and used for general corporate purposes.

On a pro forma basis as of June 30, 2011, this issue will increase the Company’s solvency ratio by 14 percentage points. The Company considers that its solvency ratio will remain above 175% as long as the S&P/TSX remains above 9,600 points (compared to 10,600 points without this issue) and will remain above 150% as long as the S&P/TSX remains above 8,100 points (compared to 8,800 points without this issue).

The Company maintains its 2011 guidance regarding earnings per share and return on shareholder’s equity provided to the financial markets on February 18, 2011 when it published its fourth quarter results.

The securities offered have not been and will not be registered under the U.S. Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and may not be offered or sold in the United States absent registration or an applicable exemption from the registration requirements. This press release shall not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy nor shall there be any sale of the securities in any State in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful.

Forward-looking Statements
This press release may contain statements relating to strategies used by Industrial Alliance or statements that are predictive in nature, that depend upon or refer to future events or conditions, or that include words such as "may", "will", "could", "should", "would", "suspect", "expect", "anticipate", "intend", "plan", "believe", "estimate", and "continue" (or the negative thereof), as well as words such as "objective" or "goal" or other similar words or expressions. Such statements constitute forward-looking statements within the meaning of securities laws. Forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, information concerning the Company’s possible or assumed future operating results. These statements are not historical facts; they represent only the Company’s expectations, estimates and projections regarding future events.

Although Industrial Alliance believes that the expectations reflected in such forward-looking statements are reasonable, such statements involve risks and uncertainties, and undue reliance should not be placed on such statements. Certain material factors or assumptions are applied in making forward-looking statements, and actual results may differ materially from those expressed or implied in such statements. Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from expectations include, but are not limited to: general business and economic conditions; level of competition and consolidation; changes in laws and regulations including tax laws; liquidity of Industrial Alliance including the availability of financing to meet existing financial commitments on their expected maturity dates when required; and insurance risks including mortality, morbidity, longevity and policyholder behaviour including the occurrence of natural or man-made disasters, pandemic diseases and acts of terrorism. Additional information about material factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from expectations and about material factors or assumptions applied in making forward-looking statements may be found in Industrial Alliance's most recent annual report under the "Risk Management" section of the Management’s Discussion and Analysis and in the "Management of Risks Associated with Financial Instruments" note to Industrial Alliance’s consolidated financial statements, available for review at

Industrial Alliance does not undertake to update or release any revisions to these forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances after the date of this press release or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events, except as required by law.

About Industrial Alliance
Founded in 1892, Industrial Alliance Insurance and Financial Services Inc. is a life and health insurance company with operations in all regions of Canada as well as in the United States. The Company offers a wide range of life and health insurance products, savings and retirement plans, RRSPs, mutual and segregated funds, securities, auto and home insurance, mortgage loans and other financial products and services for both individuals and groups. The fourth largest life and health insurance company in Canada, Industrial Alliance contributes to the financial security of over three million Canadians, employs more than 3,900 people and manages and administers more than $70 billion in assets. Industrial Alliance stock is listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol IAG.

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Pierre Picard
Media Relations
Office: 418 684-5000, ext 1660