Two weeks ago, Hugo Croft-Levesque was staring down imminent bankruptcy for his once-thriving Toronto kick-boxing gyms.

Even with $250,000 in government subsidies since COVID-19 restrictions began crushing his business, Croft-Levesque was more than $80,000 in debt.

For the first time since the pandemic began, he couldn’t pay rent.

On the verge of collapse, he managed to buy himself more time — his landlords