The 1873 petition, reproduced below, led to the incorporation of North Cowichan on the 14th of June, 1873 under the name of "The Corporation of the District of North Cowichan."
To His Excellency the Lieutenant-Governor in Council:
of the Undersigned Inhabitants of Cowichan North Sheweth:
That your Petitioners desire that the District in which they reside should be incorporated as a Municipality, under the provisions of "The Municipality Act, 1872," and "The Municipality Amendment Act, 1873" :: That your Petitioners represent at least two-thirds of the male freeholders, householders, free miners (if any), pre-emptors, and lease-holders for a term of not less than two years, of the full age of twenty-one years, resident at Cowichan North and Chemainus :: That the total number of residents entitled to petition for the said purpose is seventy. Your Petitioners therefore humbly pray that the District of Cowichan North and Chemainus may be incorporated as a Municipality under the said Acts :: That the name of the Municipality may be "The Corporation of the District of North Cowichan" :: That the limits and extent of the Municipality may include "All that tract of land comprised in that part of Cowichan set apart for school purposes under the name and title of Cowichan North School District, together with the surveyed district of Chemainus."
And your Petitioners will ever pray.
John Evans (by request)
W. C. Duncan
Ambrose Wm. Skinner
Wm. M. Davie
S. Horace Davie
A. R. Kier
Thos. Jas. Skinner
Ernest M. Skinner
Rhd. D. Symons
Robert M. Miller
James J. Sollitt
Mickell J. Smith
W. W. Thomas
John C. Smith
The actual residents in North Cowichan District is 70.
The Petition, which is not dated, was certified by the Honourable George A. Walkem, Attorney-General, to be in proper form, on the 14th of June, 1873, and the Municipality was incorporated on the 18th of June, A.D. 1873, under the name and style of "The Corporation of the District of North Cowichan."