Are E scooters in Ottawa free to ride and who pays for these E Scooters and who charges them and pay for that

Are E scooters in Ottawa free to ride and who pays for these E Scooters and who charges them and pay for that

I am not sure about Ottawa but the ones that I have seen on the internet are owned by the company/people that rent them out and recharge them also.The had to be “ turned on” with an app on your phone with a credit card other wise it was a non functioning item that you could only use to hang your coat on.