Wescan Goldfields Inc. announces closing of first tranche of private placement

Stock Symbol: WGF: TSX-V

SASKATOON, Dec. 31, 2012 /CNW/ - Wescan Goldfields Inc. ("Wescan" or the "Corporation") is pleased to announce that it has closed the first tranche of its private placement financing consisting of an aggregate of 6,900,000 Common Shares in the capital of the Corporation ("Common Shares"). Common Shares of 3,500,000 will be issued on a flow-through basis pursuant to the Income Tax Act (Canada) (each a "FT Unit") at a price of $0.06 per FT Unit for aggregate gross proceeds of $210,000.00 (the "Offering"). Each FT Unit will consist of one Common Share issued on a flow-through basis ("FT Share"), and one-half of one Common Share purchase warrant (each a "FT Unit Warrant"). Common Shares of 3,400,000 will be issued on a non flow-through basis, (each "Unit") at a price of $0.05 per Unit for aggregate gross proceeds of $170,000.00 (collectively, the "Offering"). Each Unit will consist of one Common Share issued on a non flow-through basis, and one whole Common Share purchase warrant (each a "Unit Warrant"). Each whole FT Unit Warrant and Unit Warrant will entitle the holder thereof to purchase one Common Share on a non flow-through basis at a price of $0.10 for a period of 24 months from the date of issuance.

The Corporation will not be paying certain finder cash fees or finder warrants for the first tranche Offering.

All securities issued pursuant to the first tranche Offering will be subject to a four month hold period in accordance with applicable securities laws and exchange regulations.

The Corporation intends to apply proceeds realized from the Offering to fund further exploration on the Corporation's Jojay, Fork Lake, Transom Lake and Tamar Lake gold properties in northern Saskatchewan located in the La Ronge Gold Belt. The funds will also be used to fund exploration of the Munro Lake gold property also located in northern Saskatchewan, which is on trend with Claude Resources Inc.'s Santoy zones, as well as for general corporate purposes.

Wescan is a Canadian-based corporation engaged in the acquisition, exploration and development of mineral properties. Shares of Wescan trade on the TSX Venture Exchange under the trading symbol "WGF".

Caution Regarding Forward-Looking Statements

Certain statements contained in this press release constitute forward-looking statements in respect of the proposed Offering including those relating to the tax treatment of the FT Shares and the use of the net proceeds by Wescan. These forward-looking statements are based on Wescan's current beliefs as well as assumptions made by and information currently available to Wescan. Although management considers these assumptions to be reasonable based on information currently available to it, they may prove to be incorrect. By their very nature, forward-looking statements involve inherent risks and uncertainties, both general and specific, and risks exist that predictions, forecasts, projections and other forward-looking  statements will not be achieved. We caution readers not to place undue reliance on these statements as a number of important factors could cause the actual results to differ materially from the beliefs, plans, objectives, expectations, anticipations, estimates and intentions expressed in such forward-looking statements. These factors include, but are not limited to, developments in world gold markets, changes in exploration plans due to exploration results and changing budget priorities of Wescan, the effects of competition in the markets in which Wescan operates, the impact of changes in the laws and regulations regulating mining exploration and development, judicial or regulatory judgments and legal proceedings, operational and infrastructure risks and tax treatment of the FT Shares.

This press release shall not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy the securities in any jurisdiction. The Common Shares and the FT Shares will not be and have not been registered under the United States Securities Act of 1933 and may not be offered or sold in the United States absent registration or an applicable exemption from the registration requirements.

"Neither TSX Venture Exchange nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in the policies of the TSX Venture Exchange) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release."

SOURCE: Wescan Goldfields Inc.

For further information:

Darren Anderson, President or Harvey Bay, Chief Financial Officer at (306) 664-2422.