Police say they began the investigation when a man walked into the Coquitlam RCMP detachment Tuesday morning to report that his wife was dead.
Charged is 38-year-old Irinei Ghiorghita.
The victim has been identified as 38-year-old Andra Ghiorghita.
Police say the couple has a child together who has been staying out the country with family.
The man was scheduled to make an appearance in Port Coquitlam court Wednesday.