Many individuals in poverty have experienced the impacts that systemic, policy, and government practices improve or hinder their efforts to exit poverty. Policy can have countless direct and indirect effects on diverse individuals in poverty, and how poverty is defined and addressed. Policy also affects diverse individuals in poverty differently, benefiting some groups and hindering others through the economy, employment, and income gap. In this way, while policy has made many steps to better support the low-income population, the realization that policy can directly and indirectly affect poverty and at-risk populations, makes it necessary to address systemic issues and shape policy to be an active force for decreasing poverty in Canada. This section explores municipal, provincial / territorial, federal, and other policy areas.