Concordia and McGill students sleep outside to help the homeless

University students across Canada are giving up their creature comforts and basic necessities for five days to raise money and awareness for the homeless.

5 Days for the Homeless was created by students at the University of Alberta's School of Business in 2005. The group had identified homelessness as a growing issue and saw it as a chance to give back to the community.

The event grew to the national level three years later and to date has raised nearly $2 million.

Here in Montreal students at Concordia and McGill will be sleeping outside, regardless of what Mother Nature brings, with just a sleeping bag, only eating food received by donation all while still attending classes.

The universities are looking to raise more than $20,000 (combined) for Dans La Rue and Chez Doris, which support homeless and at-risk youths and women respectively.