The change comes after businesses complained about the original plan, saying it would do more harm than good to local business.
"[They said] they don't need any help during summer months," said Victoria city councillor Jeremy Loveday.
"So what we've done is we've pushed it to the shoulder season, basically the off-season, to try to create the year-round economy on Government Street."
Business owner still not happy
"It's a partial victory," said Tom Thompson, owner of clothiers W&J Wilson.
He said the government is taking the wrong approach.
"It's not the car traffic that's broken on Government Street; it's the lack of merchants," said Thompson, who wants the city to make the area more commercially viable.
However, Loveday said opening the street to pedestrians is the key to growing the local economy.
"We do need to attract other retailers, and I think one of the the best ways we can do that is by making this a place that people want to be," Loveday said.
"It makes it sticky ... and when people stay, they support the businesses."
Could expand to next summer
If these car-free days on Government Street are successful, Loveday said council will consider expanding the project to next summer's peak season.
"Hopefully Government Street merchants see that this is a good idea and good for their business as well."
The string of car-free days will tentatively begin on Oct. 17 and end with a "Love Gov" event that takes place on Valentine's Day, Loveday said.
"I think it's a gem of a street, and this is about trying to animate it more and bring more life to it year-round."
To hear the full interview with councillor Jeremy Loveday, listen to the audio labelled: Victoria announces car-free day once a month, October to February.Suggest a correction