The Alberta government is redefining its role when it comes to social planning.

A new social policy framework outlined by Premier Alison Redford calls for government to reduce its role as provider and focus more on influencing and facilitating work among social agencies.

The framework follows discussions with 31,000 Albertans last year on ways to best use 4,000 contracted agencies that deliver services.

The framework will serve as a blueprint to guide decision-making, Redford said.

The focus is to be on reducing inequality, protecting vulnerable Albertans and creating a more people-oriented way of delivery services.

The province says despite Alberta's strong economy, the gap between the rich and the poor is growing.