Canada will join five South American nations in signing a formal request for the International Criminal Court to investigate the Venezuelan government of Nicolas Maduro.
It marks the first time Canada has tried to take another country before the ICC in its 20 years as a member. Based in the Netherlands, the court prosecutes war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide.
Canada joins Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Paraguay and Peru in signing the referral. Each of those countries has received migrants fleeing the humanitarian crisis in Venezuela, with Colombia and Peru receiving the lion's share.
There will be a signing ceremony for the referral on Wednesday morning at United Nations headquarters in New York.
Government sources told Canada's decision to refer Venezuela is also meant as a show of support for the ICC, an institution this country believes in that is under attack.