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Drilling intersects 12.53 m of 12.42 % Zinc + Lead and 18.72 g/t Silver in hole A-10-73B on the Cardiac Creek Deposit & Cardiac Creek Style Mineralization intersected on NW Extension

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada – Monday, December 13, 2010 – Canada Zinc Metals Corp. (TSX Venture Exchange: CZX) is pleased to provide the second batch of results from the recently completed 2010 diamond drill program on its 100% owned Akie property, which includes the Cardiac Creek SEDEX zinc-lead-silver deposit.  The property is located approximately 260 kilometers north-northwest of the town of Mackenzie in northeastern British Columbia, Canada

2010 Akie Property Drill Program

During the 2010 diamond drilling program on the Akie property, eleven drill holes were completed totaling 6,127.57 metres of drilling.  Exploration targets included the Cardiac Creek deposit (3 holes), the NW Extension (4 holes) and the highly prospective North Lead Anomaly (4 holes). All drill holes have intersected mineralized shales of the Gunsteel formation, the primary host of the Cardiac Creek deposit. Please refer to June 30, 2010 press release for more details on the geological setting and the objectives for the 2010 program.

This release details results from hole A-10-73B on the Cardiac Creek deposit and hole A-10-69 on the NW Extension.

Cardiac Creek Deposit

Drilling on the Cardiac Creek deposit focused on the northwestern edge and central areas of the deposit.  Three drill holes were completed totaling 2,078.78 metres (A-10-73B, A-10-74 and A-10-75).  Drill hole A-10-73B was drilled into the central area of the deposit and intersected significant mineralization, demonstrating the continuity of the known high grade zone.  Results from A-10-73B can be seen in the following table.

DRILL HOLE

FROM (m)

TO

(m)

WIDTH (m)

ZINC (%)

LEAD (%)

SILVER (g/t)

Zn+Pb (%)

A-10-73B

597.11

619.90

22.79

8.33

1.69

16.03

10.02

Including

606.12

618.65

12.53

10.30

2.12

18.72

12.42

Note: Widths reported in the table represent core lengths, not true widths.

“We are very excited by the assay results of hole A-10-73B,” commented Peeyush Varshney, President and CEO of Canada Zinc Metals. “We have intersected a 12.53 metre interval of 12.42% combined zinc-lead and 18.72 grams per tonne silver - which further increases our confidence in the location and continuity of the high grade zone in the Cardiac Creek deposit.  This interval was within a considerably thicker zone of 22.79 metres assaying more than 10% zinc-lead and 16.03 grams per tonne silver.” 

Results from hole A-10-74 on the Cardiac Creek deposit were announced on November 4, 2010.   Assay results for the third hole, A-10-75, are still pending.

            NW Extension Target

Drilling on the NW Extension was designed to test the (NW) strike extent of the Cardiac Creek deposit.  Four drill holes (A-10-69, A-10-69A, A-10-71 and A-10-72) were completed on approximate 400 metre centers, totaling 1,464 metres of drilling. 

Drill hole A-10-69 intersected 18.47 metres of thickly bedded pyrite and sphalerite (zinc sulphide) from 207.05 to 225.52 metres. The mineralization is of similar character and style as the Cardiac Creek deposit.  Assay results returned zinc values consistently greater than 0.5% from 210.87 to 225.52 metres with individual samples returning 1.13% (1.00 m), 1.28% (0.88 m), 1.57% (0.95 m), 1.90% (0.77 m), and 1.03% (0.61 m) zinc.  The mineralization encountered in A-10-69 was truncated by a fault which may indicate depth of zone or offset by faulting. Additional drilling is required to determine significance of structure in this area.

The assay results from hole A-10-69 included the following:

DRILLHOLE

FROM (m)

TO

(m)

WIDTH (m)

ZINC (%)

LEAD (%)

SILVER (g/t)

A-10-69

212.00

224.44

12.44

0.81

0.07

2.68

Note: Widths reported in the table represent core lengths, not true widths.

Previously reported results from the NW Extension (see news release dated November 4, 2010) include the 1.17 metre wide sulphide zinc-nickel enriched zone intersected in drill hole A-10-72 that is also anomalous in gold, lead, copper and other elements (see table below) and appears to be similar in character to zinc-lead-PGE mineralization of the Nick Deposit in the Yukon.

DRILLHOLE

FROM (m)

TO

 (m)

WIDTH (m)

ZINC (%)

NICKEL (%)

SILVER (g/t)

A-10-72

299.40

300.57

1.17

2.69

0.60

4.4

Note: Widths reported in the table represent core lengths, not true widths.

The presence of Cardiac Creek style mineralization located approximately 800 metres along strike from the Cardiac Creek deposit and the newly discovered nickel rich mineralization at depth enhance the prospectively of the NW Extension target.  This target will be evaluated for future drilling.

Assay results on hole A-10-76 drilled on the North Lead Anomaly are still pending.

Canada Zinc Metals has implemented a rigorous quality assurance/quality control program at the Akie property using best industry practices. The program includes chain of custody of samples from drill to laboratory. All drill core is logged for geology, structure, mineralization, RQD and photographed. Sections of sulphide mineralization are marked for sampling with a series of standards, duplicates and blanks inserted into the sample stream for QA/QC purposes.  Samples are split by a diamond saw, tagged and bagged and forwarded to Acme Analytical Laboratories Ltd. of Vancouver, B.C. for analysis.  All remaining drill core is stored at the Akie exploration camp.

About the Akie Property

The Akie zinc-lead property is situated within the southern-most part (Kechika Trough) of the regionally extensive Paleozoic Selwyn Basin, one of the most prolific sedimentary basins in the world for the occurrence of SEDEX zinc-lead-silver and stratiform barite deposits.

Drilling on the Akie property by Inmet Mining Corporation during the period 1994 to 1996 and by Canada Zinc Metals since 2005 has identified a significant body of baritic-zinc-lead SEDEX mineralization (Cardiac Creek deposit).  The deposit is hosted by variably siliceous, fine grained clastic rocks of the Middle to Late Devonian ‘Gunsteel’ formation.  The Company has outlined a NI 43-101 compliant inferred resource of 23.6 million tonnes grading 7.6% zinc, 1.5% lead and 13.0 g/t silver (at a 5% zinc cut off grade). 

Two similar deposits, Cirque and Cirque South Cirque, located some 20 km northwest of Akie and owned under a joint venture by Teck Resources and Korea Zinc, are also hosted by Gunsteel rocks and have a combined geologic inventory in excess of 50 million tonnes (not 43-101 compliant) grading  approximately 10% combined zinc + lead.

In addition to the Akie property, Canada Zinc Metals Corp. controls a large contiguous group of claims which comprise the Kechika Regional project. These claims are underlain by geology identical to that on the Akie property (Cardiac Creek deposit) and Cirque. This project includes the 100% owned Mt. Alcock property, which has yielded a historic drill intercept of 8.8 metres grading 9.3% zinc+lead, numerous zinc-lead-barite occurrences, and several regional base metal anomalies.

Ken MacDonald P.Geo., Vice President of Exploration, is the designated Qualified Person as defined by National Instrument 43-101 and is responsible for the technical information contained in this release.

The TSX Venture Exchange has neither approved nor disapproved the contents of this press release.

ON BEHALF OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS

CANADA ZINC METALS CORP. 

“PEEYUSH VARSHNEY”
                                                           
PEEYUSH vARSHNEY, LL.B
CEO & CHAIRMAN

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